Private, Public and Hybrid Clouds
The choices available for deploying applications to the cloud continue to increase and span private, public and hybrid models. Careful analysis and smart planning for your storage architecture is required to ensure cost-efficient, reliable and secure availability of data, applications and services when deploying cloud solutions.
Based on a survey of more than 1,000 storage administrators worldwide, IDC’s recently published biannual Storage User Demand Study examines the data use cases for enterprise storage systems. The study also identifies end-user adoption of and plans for cloud storage services, including public, private and community cloud services.
Cloud pioneers have developed a number of innovative technical strategies to reduce risks and improve the availability of their cloud architectures. Netflix is known for its Chaos Monkey software for testing cloud services. Salesforce.com touts its “storage over flaky technologies” approach for building cloud services using commodity components. Amazon enables deployments across separate geographic regions and availability zones within its massive hyperscale cloud environment to support the design of fault-tolerant services.
Mac® vs. PC. Windows® vs. Unix®. Oracle® vs. SQL Server®. And for (ahem) “seasoned” data storage mavens like me, ESDI vs. SCSI. In heated IT technology showdowns of the past and present, sometimes there’s a clear winner. Other times, a dominant choice fails to emerge.
Private cloud adoption continues to increase as IT organizations seek to build the same automated infrastructures that are available in the public cloud while maintaining tight control over security, quality of service and budgets. Forecasts for annual growth in private cloud spending for the next several years range from 15% to 35%, and many industry analysts view these deployments as a critical steppingstone to a hybrid cloud model, similar to the way server virtualization paved the way for private clouds in the enterprise.
The recent OpenStack Summit illustrated just how far the OpenStack platform has come over the last six months. Certainly, the hype hasn’t abated: Almost all of my customer conversations about internal cloud infrastructure now include OpenStack, and nearly every day I hear of another production deployment.
The annual Microsoft Management Summit has become a key source of information and training for IT professionals building private clouds based on Windows Server® and System Center. One of the top rated sessions at this year’s event was presented by NetApp and focused on storage automation, self-service and provisioning.
When it came time to build Revlon’s private cloud, CIO David Giambruno began by standardizing systems and technology on a global scale.
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