Enterprises will spend more than $112 billion on cloud computing in some form over the next five years, according to a new white paper titled “Migrating to the Private Cloud: Evolution of Infrastructure into a Service Model,” released by SANpulse Technologies.
The white paper projects that organizations will spend more money on private cloud computing investments than on public cloud offerings through 2012.
The new paper focuses on Infrastructure as a Service and includes what to keep in mind when identifying the appropriate solutions to make on-premise Infrastructure as a Service deployments successful. This will help organizations to reduce the risk, complexity and cost of moving from traditional IT to private cloud infrastructure, according to the paper.
The private cloud provides agility and value, especially with regard to Infrastructure as a Service, for business units, notes the white paper. It also says that with Infrastructure as a Service, companies can request on-demand configurations of back-end “plumbing” to support their application and platform requirements for greater speed and business agility.
SANpulse’s white paper reveals many considerations to be cognizant of when looking into cloud-based infrastructure. These include security; understanding the existing IT environment; performing the appropriate planning and coordination; identifying a performance tool that can provide accurate detail on the source of a potential performance bottleneck.
Additional considerations include consideration of multi-tenancy effects on shared resources; and capturing and measuring the constant flux and movement of data between performance tiers to ensure the tier and time for which it was utilized are accounted for in billing.
The white paper states that for large enterprises the most important aspect of information management is its protection. If exposed, proprietary and sensitive data could have dire consequences to the business, and thus most Fortune 1000 companies prefer a private cloud model.
Leveraging solutions, enterprises can understand the infrastructure in a non-intrusive manner, as well as provide the configuration and interdependency information, notes the whitepaper.
Coordination among operational teams – network, storage, database and application owners – is required for migration. According to the white paper, it’s important to find a solution that can monitor the changes and drive process encapsulation into automation during cloud migrations.
Moreover the white paper suggests that it is important to have visibility into shared resources for proactive management, and also it’s important to ensure that the building of a cloud infrastructure does not cause further performance degradation and provides alerts based on pre-set policies.
Peter Mehta, CEO at SANpulse, and author of the paper, said that cloud computing is not a temporary phenomenon but rather one that's here to stay. He notes that its advantages, when deployed correctly, provide a grid-based model that yields great benefits to the business units.
“Key to making on-premise IaaS successful is process encapsulation driven by accurate analytics,” Mehta said, adding that it’s essential to find solutions that can facilitate capturing the correct information and provide the ability to drive decisions through process automation.
Earlier in May, SANpulse Technologies announced support for enterprise private cloud initiatives powered by next generation EMC storage systems.Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Carrie Schmelkin