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.
The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) manages natural, historical and cultural resources for the world’s eighth largest economy. However, several years ago its ability to fulfill that mission was in jeopardy. “We were in dire straits,” says CNRA CIO Tim Garza. “There was no funding to support information technology efforts that would enable our business areas to function effectively, let alone improve and innovate.”
The concept of a “Cloud First” strategy began in the U.S. federal government and has since spread into the commercial sector. Is it a viable option for your organization?
OpenStack has emerged as the leading open Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform for private and public clouds. With an OpenStack platform, developers can provision cloud environments on demand, without assistance from IT, thus removing any infrastructure barriers to innovation. Early adopters such as Despegar.com, the largest online travel firm in Latin America, have already deployed OpenStack to speed time to market for new features and services.
A few years ago, a VMware software stack was the de facto standard for most IT organizations when it came to building private clouds. Today, however, cloud architects are reconsidering their options and many are moving to Microsoft with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center.
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.
When it came time to build Revlon’s private cloud, CIO David Giambruno began by standardizing systems and technology on a global scale.
Are you in the process of evaluating a cloud service? IDC forecasts that over half of all midsize firms in the United States will use cloud capabilities by the end of 2012...