Automation lowers the involvement of the IT department, optimizes the use of IT infrastructure and at the same time improves efficiency through a scalable, agile and flexible environment. But in order to achieve optimum output from your automation process you must add the layer of virtualization on top of it. Private cloud has given opportunities to CIOs to optimize the use of their in-house IT set-up to create lighter, better and faster environment for production. It has helped them create an efficient and dynamic IT service delivering system.
Private cloud isn’t only an option for companies that are into testing and developing. But, a large number of enterprises from different industries along with those who want to maintain applications in-house are now inclining towards private virtualization. As a result, cloud computing service providers are striving to offer private cloud computing deployment solutions to enterprises. But implementing virtualization in-house can be complicated which makes it essential for CIOs to prepare an implementation plan beforehand.
It is important for CIOs to test the water before proposing the plan of implementing private cloud in organizational set-up. Since private cloud is more expensive than simply moving cloud based applications to a public virtual space it is important to assess your requirements as well as chances of success in advance.
- Analyze requirements of infrastructure, hypervisor, networking and storage space so that you don’t hit a roadblock during implementation process.
- Understand both in-house and national data security policies.
- Evaluate adaptive ability of in-house and legacy software and vendor relationship.
- Analyze your current and future cloud requirements so that you can design a scalable cloud infrastructure.
During deployment of the project be prepared for some initial hiccups. To avoid that, you would need a proper deployment plan. Decide what your objectives are; i.e. whether you are considering building applications on the virtualized environment or planning to shift your existing applications to cloud.
Do not forget the time frame as well. You would need to set a practical deadline within which you think successful implementation of the project will be complete.
Make sure that content is available to upload in the centralized environment. During the piloting phase include only the mission critical members to test functionalities and success requirements.
Training will play a critical role in determining the success of your private cloud project implementation. You would need to organize for in-house training and spreading awareness among employees on advantages of using cloud in organizational set-up.
Once the cloud is in place it is important to measure user experience, usage, server requirements, resource consumption and administration overhead. ROI (return on investment) and total cost of ownership (TOC) are two important determinants of your success. You would need to monitor both regularly to assess your success rate.
Be flexible – keep looking for better and improved solutions that will result in better gain. Create reusable code so that virtualized machines can be redeployed if needed.
The content hosted in the virtual space is an important measurement of user experience and resource demand. So, you’d need to be careful about the content you want to host in your cloud. Determine user requirements – get feedback on what they think would have worked better for them.
Private cloud can be expensive if not monitored. So, don’t forget to place a proper cost tracking system for your cloud usage. Implementing chargeback will help you gauge expenses, offer insight on what services are driving your costs up etc.
Most CIOs are now standing at the crossroad where they are required to build a dynamic IT service providing model that will also keep the costs at minimum. Private cloud can be their answer but it too needs careful monitoring and proper deployment plan to succeed.
Author Bio: Charles Smith is associated with the IT industry for over a decade now. He is associated with well known cloud computing consulting companies. Charles has vast experience in cloud based software development and offering consultation to companies in mapping their ways in cloud environment. He has worked long in designing enterprise cloud based applications.