Get to the cloud in four practical steps
April 15, 2011 at 8:21 AM
IT experts from CA Technologies, Flexera Software and the IT Process Institute (ITPI) have teamed on a new book aimed at guiding enterprise IT executives and data center managers on how to create successful private clouds.
"Private cloud computing is a compelling next step toward leveraging investment in virtualization technology. But more importantly, it increases IT's responsiveness and strategic value to the business," said Kurt Milne, ITPI director and one of the authors, in a press statement.
"We wrote this book to help cut through the cloud clutter, and share the lessons of top-performing IT organizations that have gone the farthest with private cloud," added Milne, who wrote the book along with Andi Mann, vice president of product marketing at CA, and Jeanne Morain, Flexera’s director of strategic alliances, cloud and virtualization.
In developing the book, called Visible Operations Private Cloud: From Virtualization to Private Cloud in 4 Practical Steps, the trio identified private cloud key competencies through surveys and interviews with CIOs and other enterprise cloud stakeholders across global companies in various verticals. The private cloud projects ranged from mid-sized deployments to large-scale private clouds that encompass thousands of servers, the ITPI said.
From their research, the authors derived four steps they say will help IT organizations achieve efficient and effective private clouds. These are:
Cut through the cloud clutter. In other words, as enterprise IT executives and data center managers begin their cloud initiatives, they must be sure to plan and communicate objectives, manage initial proof-of-concept efforts and develop competency roadmaps.
Design services, not systems. During this phase, IT must focus on designing business optimized cloud services, enabling one-touch service ordering and implementing a repeatable build-and-deploy approach.
Orchestrate and optimize resources. For private cloud success, IT organizations must update monitoring and alerting, and deploy a policy engine to codify response, automate resource changes and workload moves.
Align and accelerate business results. A private cloud must entail complete transition to a resource rental model, which means reshaping consumption behavior and streamlining response to changing business needs.
"Whether readers are trying to formulate an initial private cloud strategy or refine a current one, Visible Ops Private Cloud will help them get it right the first time," Mann said. "The book explains the key people, process, technology competencies, and focus areas necessary for successful private cloud deployments."
Cloud computing isn’t Mann’s only area of expertise. Read what he has to say about the “bring your own” trend in a transcript from our “B.Y.O.P.C: It’s time has come – or not?” debate.
Beth Schultz , contributing editor, has more than two decades of experience as an IT writer and editor. You can find her work at a number of leading IT publications, where she writes on a variety of topics including cloud computing, mobility, network/systems management and security. Find her Linkedin profile here or e-mail her here.