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Creating a Public Cloud Experience In-House
With Stratoscale’s Amazon cloud alternative, users achieve the efficiency and business agility that take the modern data center to the next level with scalable, on-demand IT. Understand all the requisites to implement a private cloud. Define the requirements, pick the right hardware and software, deal with security and governance, and finally, successfully implement private clouds.

The cloud has revolutionized the way we build IT systems within enterprises. Indeed, enterprise IT’s goal since the inception of cloud computing has been to replicate the power of cloud computing within their own data centers. The trouble is that cloud computing systems were built net-new, which meant they could start from scratch and thus be more innovative with the use of cloud-based resources using the most modern technology and approaches available. Enterprises don’t have the same luxury. Decades of enterprise hardware and software purchases exist at different levels of maturation, and those structures must also support mission-critical systems in operations.

However, things are changing. New technology now provides enterprises with the public cloud experience,which includes:

  • Elastic use of compute resources, such as storage and compute.
  • Metered resource charge-back, meaning you only pay for the resources you use.
  • Auto- and self-provisioning; you can spin up and spin down resources as you need them.
  • Tight integration with new approaches and technologies, such as DevOps and the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Business agility, which is perhaps the most valuable aspect of using the clouds, means that you can quickly change applications and resources with almost no impact on operations.
Building a Private Cloud, Step by Step
The private cloud is a well-used architecture and technology within enterprises. Even so, most enterprises are still not well-versed in how to define, build, and deploy private clouds. There is a “gap of confusion” that exists between the proper use of private clouds and rank-and-file enterprise IT. In this page we’ll attempt to unveil the mystery of private cloud. We will provide you with a step-by-step guide to understand your own requirements, pick the right hardware and software, deal with se

The private cloud offers most of the advantages of the public cloud: Self-service and scalability, multi-tenancy, the ability to provision machines, and change computing resources on-demand. Private cloud also improves on security by limiting access to key IT people. Complexities are emerging for DevOps teams around their "infrastructure as code" practices as larger companies consider moving their most business-critical applications off the public cloud and onto private/hybrid clouds.

Complexity issues include:

  • Time-consuming infrastructure configuration and maintenance.
  • Inconsistent visibility into infrastructure utilization and cost.
  • Ever increasing complexity with custom requirements in every project.

Private clouds are specialized cloud computing implementations that are purpose-built to address some limitation or shortcoming around the use of public clouds. Core factors that drive private cloud adoption are compliance, security, and even the sense of control that many in enterprise IT require. Or, think they require.

As DevOps organizations are built within enterprises, private clouds as the deployment platforms mesh well with existing DevOps automation approaches and tool sets. Those within enterprises can tell you that private clouds are a sound architectural option, and they require “some time.” Just as public clouds require “some time.” Most enterprises will end up with both, using hybrid or multi-cloud implementations. In this paper, we’ll focus on private clouds, and the steps to successfully implement private clouds.

Calculating the Economics of a Private Cloud
A private cloud provides most of the value drivers of cloud, while keeping the data private and under direct control. The advantages of private clouds include agility, operational efficiency, self- and auto-provisioning, security and compliance. Leverage service oriented architecture (SOA), even for the most primitive clouds. The actual business case that you need to evaluate depends upon your patterns of business and your industry. While much ROI can be gained from a private cloud, the value

Security, control and application requirements are the driving forces behind the interest in a private cloud. As per the values listed above, enterprises are turning to the private cloud model to gain the value of cloud, but maintain security and control.

Cloud provider, Rackspace, surveyed 400 organizations in the United States and the U.K. Of those organizations, 294 were hybrid cloud users. According to the survey, 52% of respondents who've moved applications or workloads from public cloud services to private or hybrid clouds said they were motivated by improved security. Another 42% said hybrid and private environments offer better control, and 37% cited superior performance and reliability.

While the value is understood holistically, we need paths to define the value of a private cloud within enterprises that prove the return on investment to the stakeholders. Below are suggestions for both a process and metrics that you can leverage to prove the ROI within your organization. That said, each business is different, and thus there needs to be some adaptation of the process and metrics for your own problem domains.

DevOps or IT? The Right Team With The Right Culture
Keeping IT infrastructure environments running smoothly requires constant monitoring and maintenance skilled technicians with in-depth knowledge. In contrast, DevOps requirements include automation, integration, monitoring and collaboration within the IT infrastructure. Winning IT strategies will embrace both cultures in order to maximize effectiveness and responsiveness. Here we’ll explore what a company can do to create a DevOps culture capable of working hand-in-hand with traditional, skill

Traditional IT environments, so critical to most businesses, require a great deal of maintenance and monitoring in order to provide high levels of performance on a consistent basis. IT infrastructure includes computer hardware, operating systems, storage systems, and networking components in addition to the business software applications that support critical business functions. Keeping these elements running in harmony requires skilled technicians with in-depth knowledge of their specific segment of the total environment.

On  the  other  hand,  the  DevOps  experience  is  now  more  in  demand  than  ever.  The  single  areas  of  expertise and silos of knowledge are removed with software-defined environments that allow human resources to work together as a tightly bound team. This results in more effective use of resources with  a  dramatic  improvement  to  development  and  operational  agility.  DevOps  requirements  include  automation, integration, monitoring and collaboration within the IT infrastructure. Implementation of this  approach  nurtures  a  culture  that  removes  barriers  between  operations,  system  administrators,  engineers  and  developers,  delivering  the  best  results  possible,  and  improving  the  value  of  IT  to  end  users and customers.

There  is  no  right  or  wrong  approach.  Winning  IT  strategies  will  embrace  both  cultures  in  order  to  maximize effectiveness and responsiveness.  This paper will explore what a company needs, or should have in place, to create a DevOps culture capable of working hand-in-hand with traditional IT.

CIO's Guide to Competing in a Real-Time, Always-On World
Today’s businesses know that one of the keys to success is creating a data-centric business culture that moves fast. The standard data center operating model, however, with capacity planning once every two quarters and budget approvals once a year no longer meets the dynamic needs of the 21st century organization.
In this white paper you will learn:
⦁    How Cloud is being adopted by enterprises of all sizes.
⦁    The role Cloud-based virtual data centers play in helping I improve agility and meeting this need for speed.
⦁    The opportunity that Cloud computing and DevOps offers to IT to support growth to become a true partner who understands business needs