Authored on: Oct 15, 2012
Private cloud-as an approach to IT operations-calls for organizations to transform their data centers, including the network. Using strategic points of control to aggregate and dynamically provision IT resources can help organizations meet network-related challenges and move past the hype to successfully build, deploy, and secure private clouds.
This paper examines four key private cloud goals - self-sevice IT, automation and orchestration, transitioning to a hybrid model, and virtualization of the network - and the common network-related challenges that must be met and overcome. These challenges include:
Enabling a self-service infrastructure
Integrating with provisioning and orchestration engines
Codifying department policies
Supporting inter-cloud architectures
Ensuring operational consistency
Addressing topological dependencies Understanding these challenges - and their solutions - will enable organizations to chart a less perilous path toward successful implementation. In particular, the readiness of the network in terms of service-enablement, integration, and automation are paramount to architecting a flexible but reliable foundation upon which cloud models can be based.