Tips For a Successful Cloud Proof-of-Concept - RightScale Compute 2013


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Speaker: Vijay Tolani - Cloud Solutions Engineer, RightScale

Most enterprises see POC projects as an important step in their path to public, private, or hybrid cloud. RightScale cloud experts will share on-the-ground experience from a range of enterprise cloud POCs, including business and technical best practices. You will learn how to set your POC strategy, choose your POC clouds, navigate technical hurdles, and measure success.

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  • Some core IaaS components are converging – example, virtual machinesSome core IaaS remain distinct – networking, storage, higher level services
  • Tips For a Successful Cloud Proof-of-Concept - RightScale Compute 2013

    1. 1. april25-26sanfranciscocloud success starts hereTips for a Successful CloudProof-of-ConceptVijay Tolani, Cloud Solutions Engineer
    2. 2. #2#2#RightscaleComputeAgenda• State of the Cloud• Cloud POCs: Dos and Don’ts• Choosing the Right Cloud(s)• Choosing the Right Application• Navigating the Technical Hurdles• Measure the Success of Your Cloud POC
    3. 3. #3#3#RightscaleComputeConventional Vendor Evaluation Techniques• Steering Committees to Determine Requirements• Analyst Reports for Vendor Selection• RFPs to Filter Qualified Vendors• POCs for Qualified Vendors
    4. 4. #4#4#RightscaleComputeToday’s Challenge: Business Expectations HaveChangedInstant OnSelf ServiceUnprecedentedScalePublic &PrivateCloudBusiness Expectations
    5. 5. #5#5#RightscaleComputeAnd The Technology Is Evolving QuicklyOpen SourcedGoes OpenStackLaunchedAdds AustraliaGrizzly ReleasedApr Jun Aug Oct Dec Jan Mar2012 2013GALaunchedCloud Services
    6. 6. #6#6#RightscaleComputeAnd If You’re Not Careful• You’ll find yourself applying conventional methodologies toevaluate revolutionary technology:• By the time Steering Committees determine requirements, needs havechanged• Information coming from analysts provide point-in-time snapshots, but maylack real-time feedback• RFPs ask questions which are too specific to apply to revolutionarytechnology• POCs test for the worst case, while the technology is being built to startwith the simplest use case
    7. 7. #7#rightscalecomputeCloud POCs: Dos and Don’ts
    8. 8. #RightscaleCompute#8#8Pick the rightapproachA learning experience,not once and doneCloud POC Mantra
    9. 9. #9#9#RightscaleComputePick the Right Approach• Keep it lightweight• Start simple• Keep it short – 30-60 days• Accept cloud as it is, don’t try to make it into your data center• Don’t start with the hardest use case• Decide if the architecture meets the needs of the application, not if it matchesyour data center• Treat it as a learning experience• It’s not once and done• Your cloud deployments will evolve• Your expertise and knowledge will evolve• Consider how you will manage the application over time
    10. 10. #10#rightscalecomputeCloud POCs: Dos and Don’tsChoosing a Cloud
    11. 11. #11#11#RightscaleComputeChoosing a Cloud for POCs• Public & Private Clouds built on same technologies• OpenStack• CloudStack• Private Clouds are good choices for applications which require:• High Flexibility & Performance• Increased Security & Compliance• CapEx Procurement Model• Public Clouds offer more advanced automation than Private Clouds
    12. 12. #12#12#RightscaleComputePublic Clouds Enable Additional Agility• “It’s a marathon, not a sprint”• Don’t sprint directly to the finish line, without training. You’ll hurtyourself• Start with something small and show it works• Start with the simplest application, then test more complex
    13. 13. #13#rightscalecomputeCloud POCs: Dos and Don’tsChoosing an Application
    14. 14. #RightscaleCompute#14#14Pick the rightapplicationCloud is a fit for everyone,not for every applicationCloud POC Mantra
    15. 15. #15#15#RightscaleComputePick the Right Application• Keep it real• Pick a real application for a real project with real expectations• Don’t start with the most complex use case• Low to moderate security/compliance profile• Focus on where cloud adds value• Speed to deploy, scalable, variable load• Good options for your first deployment in the cloud• Web Application• Mobile/Social/Collaboration Apps• Big Data• Batch Processing• Dev/Test solutions
    16. 16. #16#16#RightscaleComputeClouds Are Different• … so don’t treat them like a data center in the sky• Don’t expect to be able to move a VM image to a cloud and have itwork out of the box• Successful cloud deployments include HA Application Architecturesdesigned to run on ephemeral, commodity infrastructure• NoSQL Databases vs. High Performance Hardware
    17. 17. #17#rightscalecomputeCloud POCs: Dos and Don’tsNavigating Technical Hurdles
    18. 18. #18#18#RightscaleComputeNext Step: Technical POC• After proving your application can run on a cloud architecture,consider testing with a Private Cloud• Test for Performance• Ensure Security & Compliance• Integration with Existing ITSM Processes• Consider Including More Complex Workloads
    19. 19. #19#19#RightscaleComputeTechnical Pitfalls to Watch Out For• Storage Performance• Consider Striping, Sharding, & NoSQL Architectures• Shared Storage• Consider OpenNFS• Software Licensing• Consider Licensing through the MultiCloud Marketplace• Network Flexibility• Consider Dynamic DNS• Security & Compliance• Design for Public Clouds
    20. 20. #20#rightscalecomputeCloud POCs: Dos and Don’tsMetrics for Success
    21. 21. #RightscaleCompute#21#21Pick the rightmetricsBegin your cloud journeywiththe end in mindCloud POC Mantra
    22. 22. #22#rightscalecomputeCloud POC Success Metric #1Business AgilityHow quickly cancloud help usrespond to businessneeds andopportunities?BusinessOpportunityMarket WindowTime to Market$£¥€✖Shadow IT
    23. 23. #23#23#RightscaleComputeEvaluation Criteria• Speed/Ease to:• Launch new applications or services• Scale applications or services up or down to meet demand• Offer services in new geographies• Self-service IT• Give control to business users• Give control to developers• Automation• Automate routine work for Operations
    24. 24. #24#rightscalecomputeCloud POC Success Metric #2Improve EfficiencyCan cloud make usmore efficient withtime and money?
    25. 25. #25#25#RightscaleComputeEvaluation Criteria• Costs• Data Center vs Cloud costs• CapEx vs OpEx• Opportunity costs?• Time• Time to plan/prepare applications or services• Time to deploy applications or services• Time to manage applications or services
    26. 26. #26#rightscalecomputeCloud POC Success Metric #3Better SolutionsCan cloud helps usdeliver bettersolutions that meetcustomer needs?
    27. 27. #27#27#RightscaleComputeEvaluation Criteria• Can I support new solutions that were difficult before?• Web• Mobile• Social• Gaming• Big Data• Batch Processing• Can I support better solutions?• Geographically Available• Highly Scalable• Highly Available
    28. 28. #28#28#RightscaleComputeSummary• Start with a real application that’s a good fit for cloud• Treat it as a learning experience• Use public cloud to evaluate the feasibility of cloud• Then build a private cloud• Leverage the strength of cloud – don’t try to recreate your datacenter• Measure success based on broad business goals• Agility• Efficiency• Better solutions
    29. 29. #29#29#RightscaleComputeThinking about a Cloud POC?• Ask about a Cloud Strategy Briefing• Personalized briefing from the cloud experts for your IT executives and managers:• Real-World Cloud Trends• Strategic Opportunities in the Cloud• 5 Technical Considerations for Cloud• Best Practices for Cloud POCsContact RightScale(866)
    30. 30. april25-26sanfranciscocloud success starts hereQuestions?