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Private Cloud Build-Out: 4 Prerequisites
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cbabcock
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8/30/2013 | 12:02:18 AM
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In one sense, savings have little to do with cloud computing. There's nothing in the NIST definition of cloud, which was exhaustive, that mentions savings. Many early private cloud implementers have denied that savings were a primary goal but they still felt compelled to get to cloud operations. On the other hand, it's also clear that the cloud is intended to run highly sophisticated software and get big results on top of commodity parts, Furthermore, as Amazon.com, Facebook and Microsoft data centers illustrate, it will do so in a highly automated fashion. It's implicit that if there are no benefits to these economies of scale -- if there are no savings -- then the cloud is a failure in one of its operational goals.And those savings will materialize. In the long run, everyone will understand that savings is a goal of cloud computing but at the start, we didn't have the means to quantify it.
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cbabcock,
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8/16/2013 | 10:11:37 PM
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In the long run, clouds will be interoperable through the translation of virtual machine file formats, a task that falls short of rocket science, but that's not true today. Chris Murphy is right: build in some plan to move workloads out to the public cloud or you will lose one of the benefits of establishing private cloud. See also: "Private Cloud: From Virtualization to Private Cloud in 4 Practical Steps" by Jeanne Morain, Kurt Milne and Andi Mann, via the IT Process Institute.
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8/15/2013 | 8:57:23 PM
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"Private clouds hold the most potential." This is exactly what I heard from an IBM source reflecting on the giant's cloud business when I was preparing this article http://twb.io/19vgJmt. Question is, when you sell a server to power a private cloud, is that a "cloud" sale in the eyes of the SEC or would be investor. I've also heard people talk about IBM being an arms seller to others fighting the cloud war.
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8/14/2013 | 7:16:40 PM
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What about planning for connections to public cloud? As the team architects its private cloud platform, it would seem to make sense to consider how easily it would be to shift those workloads to a public cloud, if that becomes a strategic option the company wants to pursue.
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Laurianne,
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8/14/2013 | 4:14:59 PM
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That clear cost and allocation reporting item is no small project for the many IT groups who hit frustration while trying to detail current data center costs.


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