No one will argue that IT organizations today are tasked to do more with less in terms of resources – whether it’s hardware/software or people to support the infrastructure. Private cloud has been a focal point of conversations that we are frequently having with our customers. Some are highly virtualized and others are trying to get their arms around how to manage the sprawling cloud technologies that are knocking at their door.
Today, in this continuing Cloud blog series, let’s look at what makes businesses shy away from adoption of cloud services, whether in-house or in public forum, as well as the myths slowing down adoption of Cloud:
- Virtualization is already a Cloud. Pools of individual resource consumption provides for a great way to save on costs. However, these virtualization stacks lack single pane of glass management, automation of resource allocation, and orchestration of all resources needed for a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). This is what begins to enable end-users to request and access a virtual platform without intervention by IT to allocate compute, storage, and networking.
- Cloud lacks regulatory compliance. The Federal government built private cloud as their own internal cloud platform. This has allowed them to provide cost-effective shared resource pools to inter-governmental agencies, which essentially operate as business units. Compliance at the level that allows such regulated agencies to consume cloud resources do not come without proving regulated, auditable, and documented compliance.
- Multi-tenancy means lack of privacy and data security. Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) has come a long way since the Software Defined Network (SDN) rebirth in 2011 with the founding of Open Networking Foundation. The SDDC market is expected to grow 1000% by 2016. Concerns in data security and privacy have been eliminated with advanced, secure technologies that provide for safe and segregated paths to compute, storage, and network across the WAN through firewalls to shared, multi-tenant resource pools.
Now that we’ve laid out some of the concerns, let’s figure out if any of them are founded. Below we’ve outlined what cloud services should truly provide for your business.
What Cloud Services Should Provide
Virtualization is fundamental to sharing resources across applications, business units, and organizations. However, true virtualization today is abstraction of all resources needed to service the end user. This abstraction should apply to compute, network, security, and storage resources. But, how do you manage disparate pools of resources? You need to have true orchestration and resource management across all infrastructure supporting the services you provide to your end users. This is not easy for small, medium, or enterprise businesses.
Top Cloud computing value drivers any business faces today are:
- Enable Business Agility
- Improve Operational Efficiency
- Reduce cost & complexity
- Flexible Cost Model
- Optimize risk management, governance, & compliance systems
- Enhance competitive advantages
Today’s cloud infrastructure is built on the same principles that private, dedicated, segregated environments are built within data centers of end users. That includes addressing the legal regulations, such as laws of international boundaries for data location, healthcare regulations of HIPAA, and finance industry regulatory requirements around security and audit.
True Cloud computing service provides your organization with:
- Self-Service, Web-based, On-Demand access
- Task automation
- Virtualized, shared, elastic resources
- Metering & Charge back capabilities
- Customer service-focused
- Utility Cost Model
Knowing what we’ve listed above, is there still reason for businesses to avoid adopting cloud services?