5 Signs You Are Not Ready for Private Clouds

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Lots of CIO desire private clouds but few understand what it takes to make that happen. Companion to post on blog.thehigheredcio.com

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5 Signs You Are Not Ready for Private Clouds

  1. 1. #1: You can’t describe Cloud Computing in 20 words or less without sounding like Sarah Palin<br />
  2. 2. With so many vendors claiming their products are cloud solutions you must be clear on what is or is not cloud computing to ensure you achieve the benefits. <br />Be prepared to explain Private Cloud with clarity.<br />Cloud is:<br />Services in standardized offerings<br />Self-Service turn-up and turn-down<br />Metered pay as you go<br />Use NIST Cloud Definitions for greater consistency<br />
  3. 3. #2: Your data center looks more like the one on the left than the one on the right<br />
  4. 4. In order to successfully establish true private cloud on-premise requires an ability to produce consistent, predictable and quality results.<br />If you can’t maintain standards and attention to detail on your structured cabling, you will likely struggle with everything required to bring private cloud services to your customers.<br />
  5. 5. #3: Orchestration makes you think of a crazy haired guy in a tux<br />
  6. 6. It is unfortunate that so much of the emphasis about private cloud readiness is placed on virtualization as the primary precondition. <br />Self-service and elasticity requires fully automating the service provisioning and de-provisioning process which may be the biggest challenge you have ever faced. <br />Try baby steps with hosted private clouds, cloud in the box solutions, or starting with test & dev.<br />
  7. 7. #4: You don’t even know which of your applications can run on a cloud infrastructure<br />
  8. 8. Not all applications can run on a virtualized infrastructure let alone a cloud infrastructure. <br />We all have applications that don’t even play well with others in a virtualized environment or with DRS. <br />And, just because you can get it to run, doesn’t mean the software vendor will support it.<br />
  9. 9. #5: Your customers will not tolerate standardization or limited choice<br />
  10. 10. Cloud service models are about standardized menus. “Custom” doesn’t live in the clouds – even private clouds. If your organization demands individualized computing and services you may be in for a fight.<br />This is the core of cloud economics where economies of scale are achieved by limiting choice in the trade-off for metered pay-per-use. <br />

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