RightScale Webinar: Enterprise Cloud Strategies: Best Practices for Cloud POCs


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Most enterprises see “proof-of-concept” (POC) projects as an important step in their path to cloud. It’s a way to gain experience, test ideas and deepen organizational understanding of cloud computing.

In this webinar, you will hear from RightScale cloud experts about business and technical best practices for creating cloud POCs.

You will learn how to:

- Set your POC strategy - Understand the different approaches to cloud POCs and how to choose the one that is best for your organization.
- Choose your POC clouds - Should you focus on public cloud, private cloud or both? Which vendors should you consider and what criteria are important?
- Navigate Technical hurdles - Learn about the technical choices you will encounter in cloud POCs and hear best practices on how to architect applications, manage data and ensure security in cloud environments.
- Measure Success of Your Cloud POC - Learn about the best metrics for Cloud POCs, from cost reduction to uptime to agility.

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RightScale Webinar: Enterprise Cloud Strategies: Best Practices for Cloud POCs

  1. 1. Enterprise Cloud Strategies:Best Practices for Cloud POCs November 8, 2012 Watch the video of this webinarCloud Management #rightscale
  2. 2. 2#Your Panel Today• Kim Weins, Vice President, Marketing, RightScale• Vijay Tolani, Cloud Solutions Engineer, RightScalePlease use the “Questions” window to ask questions any time! Cloud Management #rightscale
  3. 3. 3#Agenda• About RightScale• Cloud POCs: Dos and Don’ts• Choosing the Right Cloud(s) for Your POC• Navigating the Technical Hurdles• Measure the Success of Your Cloud POC Cloud Management #rightscale
  4. 4. 4# Leader in Cloud Management Compute Power Managed by RightScale More Applications Nearly 5mm servers launched At Production Scale Cloud deployments with 10K+ servers On More Clouds 12 supported public and private cloud providers Hybrid Cloud Since IaaS began Managing cloud deployments for 5+ years Multiple Public Cloud Single Public CloudNov-06 Mar-07 Jul-07 Nov-07 Mar-08 Jul-08 Nov-08 Mar-09 Jul-09 Nov-09 Mar-10 Jul-10 Nov-10 Mar-11 Jul-11 Nov-11 Mar-12 Jul-12 Cloud Management #rightscale
  5. 5. 5#A Sampling of RightScale Customers Publishing Film, TV, Music Games Consumer Web Advertising Software Healthcare Hardware Financial Services Gaming Education Telecom Consumer Products Cloud Management #rightscale
  6. 6. 6#Shifting Expectations Drive Cloud POCs Business Expectations Instant On Self Service Public & Private Cloud Unprecedented Scale Cloud Management #rightscale
  7. 7. 7#Cloud POC Mantra Pick the right applicationCloud is a fit for everyone,not for every application Cloud Management Cloud Management Platform
  8. 8. 8#Pick the Right Application• Keep it real • Pick a real application for a real project with real expectations • Don’t start with the hardest use case• Cloud adds value • Cloud adds value – speed to deploy, scalable, variable loads, cost • Low to moderate security/compliance profile• Good options for your first deployment in the cloud • Web Application • Mobile/Social/Collaboration Apps • Big Data • Batch Processing • Dev/Test solutions Cloud Management #rightscale
  9. 9. 9#Cloud POC Mantra Pick the right approach A learning experience, not once and done Cloud Management Cloud Management Platform
  10. 10. 10#Pick 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 matches your 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 Cloud Management #rightscale
  11. 11. Choosing a CloudCloud Management #rightscale
  12. 12. 12#Choosing a Cloud for POCs• Public & Private Clouds built on Same Technologies • OpenStack • Rackspace • HP • CloudStack • Datapipe • IDC Frontier • Logicworks• 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 Cloud Management #rightscale
  13. 13. 13#Public Clouds Enable Additional AgilITy• “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”• Don’t sprint directly to the finish line, without training. You’ll hurt yourself.• Start with something small and show it works.• Start with the simplest application, then test more complex. Cloud Management #rightscale
  14. 14. 14#Clouds 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 it work out of the box.• Successful cloud deployments include HA Application Architectures designed to run on ephemeral, commodity infrastructure. • NoSQL Databases vs. High Performance Hardware Cloud Management #rightscale
  15. 15. Navigating Technical HurdlesCloud Management #rightscale
  16. 16. 16#Next 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 Cloud Management #rightscale
  17. 17. 17#Technical 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 Cloud Management #rightscale
  18. 18. Metrics for SuccessCloud Management #rightscale
  19. 19. 19#Cloud POC Mantra Pick the right metricsBegin your cloud journey with the end in mind Cloud Management Cloud Management Platform
  20. 20. 20#Cloud POC Success Metric #1 Shadow IT Business Agility Market Window How quickly can ✖ cloud help us Business respond to business Opportunity needs and $£¥€ opportunities? Time to Market Cloud Management Platform
  21. 21. 21#Evaluation Criteria• Speed/Ease to: • Launch new applications or services • Change 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 Cloud Management #rightscale
  22. 22. 22#Cloud POC Success Metric #2 Improve Efficiency Can cloud make us more efficient with time and money? Cloud Management Platform
  23. 23. 23#Evaluation 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 Cloud Management #rightscale
  24. 24. 24#Cloud POC Success Metric #3 Better Solutions Can cloud helps us deliver better solutions that meet customer needs? Cloud Management Platform
  25. 25. 25#Evaluation 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 Cloud Management #rightscale
  26. 26. 26#Summary• 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 data center• Measure success based on broad business goals • Agility • Efficiency • Better solutions Cloud Management #rightscale
  27. 27. 27#Thinking 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 POCs Contact RightScale (866) 720-0208 sales@rightscale.com www.rightscale.com Cloud Management #rightscale