This article looks at the important things to consider before starting your private cloud project.
A private cloud project remains within the corporate firewall, under the control of a company’s IT department. Companies typically initiate a private cloud project to enable IT infrastructure to become more capable of adapting to evolving business needs and requirements.
By creating a private cloud strategy, the resulting cloud will deliver automatic, scalable server virtualization, providing the benefits of automated provision of resources and the optimal use of hardware within the IT infrastructure.
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Three Considerations For Your Private Cloud Project
1. Private Cloud Project Security Considerations
The first and most widely publicized private cloud concern is security. In the enterprise there is typically a data segmentation system that dictates who has access to what information, so security access is handled on a need- to-know basis. While this might imply that there is a lack of trust between business units this is actually a basic tenet of security — the less people that have access to sensitive data, the better. Internal network and security staff must be well versed in securing both hosted and bare-metal virtualization.
2. Evaluate Network and Application Performance
Depending on where data resides (e.g. on a virtualized server in Europe, versus one in the U.S.) end users will experience different application performance levels. Before deploying a private cloud, an organization must first decide on the best location for the data.
3. Consider Private Cloud Project Legal Agreements
Similar to what you might find in terms of agreements between an organization and a public cloud vendor, there are also often agreements set up between business units and IT departments internally. This exists not only in the cloud space, but sometimes in the provisioning of hard disk space, bandwidth or other network resources. In order to ensure a set level of service, various types of service level agreements (SLAs) are implemented. This will ensure that expectations for service delivery are established and agreed to by all involved parties.
This article was originally published on November 27, 2012