For those organizations on the journey of transforming their datacenters to meet the demand of a modern IT consumption model, it’s easy to envision what cloud euphoria could/should look like. That’s mostly because vision is quite cheap – all it takes is a little imagination (maybe), a few Google queries, several visits by your favorite vendor(s), and perhaps a top-down mandate or two. The problem is execution can break the bank if the vision is not in line with the organization’s core objectives. It’s easy to get carried away in the planning stages with all the options, gizmos and cloudy widgets out there – often delaying the project and creating budget shortfalls. Cloud:Fail. But this journey doesn’t have to be difficult (or horrendously expensive). Finding the right solution is half the battle…just don’t go gluing several disparate products together that were never intended to comingle and burn time and money trying to integrate them. Sure you might eventually achieve something that resembles a cloud, but you’re guaranteed to hit several unnecessary pain points on the way.
- Private cloud now…public cloud later (or both…now)
- Workload portability (across clouds / cloud providers)
- A holistic management approach
- End-to-end visibility
- Dynamic security
- Cloud-worthy scalability
If any of this is resonating, then you’re probably in a similar situation. CIO’s are pushing the deployment of private clouds while simultaneously considering public cloud options. Therefor the solution needs to deliver everything we know and love of the private cloud while laying down the framework for public cloud expansion. Problem is not many solutions out there can do this. Public cloud providers often run proprietary frameworks and management tools to keep costs low and private cloud solutions are generally focused on just that (being private).