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Private cloud implementation guide

Don't let your looming private cloud implementation scare you.

Introduction

Hybrid and public options are more popular than private cloud implementations these days, but the private cloud still has a place in the enterprise.

Companies that need strict control over the data they store in the cloud, whether for security, compliance or some other reason, can turn to the private cloud to promote the collaboration and data access that end users need, without compromising. You can build a private cloud on premises and have complete control over its infrastructure, deployment, implementation roadmap and administration if that's appealing -- or necessary -- for your company.

That said, building your own private cloud can be daunting, expensive and time-consuming. As an IT administrator, you need the right skill set to stand up and manage a private cloud.

Alternatively, you can turn to a private cloud provider to handle the infrastructure piece of your private cloud implementation. You will still be in charge of managing your slice of a multi-tenant cloud, including granting end users access and troubleshooting any issues they might have.

It's important to consider the cost implications of turning to a provider. Building your own cloud in house can be expensive if you don't already have the hardware in your data center, so in that way, an on-premises private cloud deployment can be more expensive than hosting through a provider.

But subscription-based services, such as those offered by private cloud providers, come with an ongoing monthly fee. With that monthly payment, you get some support for your private cloud implementation, however. That's something you don't get with an on-premises private cloud deployment.

Whichever route you choose to take for your deployment, it's critical to arm yourself with some private cloud basics before you dive in. Get started with some key private cloud terms, pointers for a smooth private cloud implementation and answers to common questions in this guide.

1Classify the cloud -

Define

Get familiar with some important private cloud terms.

2How to do it-

Build a private cloud

Tips and tricks for a successful private cloud implementation.

Opinion

Don't believe the hype: The case for on-premises clouds

Public and hybrid cloud options garner the lion's share of coverage from vendors and technology-based media outlets, but it would be unwise for the lack of private cloud lip service to sway you away from it. Continue Reading

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How to build a private cloud

To build your own internal cloud, you must assemble an infrastructure that does what the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure do, but on a smaller scale. Key boxes your private cloud implementation should tick include elasticity, on-demand access and reporting. Continue Reading

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Private cloud skill set

Deep knowledge of critical cloud topics is central to deployment success. You need to know about server, network and storage virtualization, as well as cloud management tools and techniques. Continue Reading

Tip

Ensure private cloud success with the 4 Ds

No matter what kind or amount of data end users store in your private cloud, it's important to define the cloud's objectives, design it with future needs in mind, delegate virtual machine template maintenance to a predetermined person or team, and defend against single points of failure. Continue Reading

Opinion

Private cloud storage technology improves

Hardware to support private clouds becomes cheaper and more secure as interoperability between public and private clouds gets better. These are both good signs for your current private cloud plans because you should always have your cloud's future in mind. Continue Reading

3Common cloud questions-

Ask the cloud experts

Answers to private cloud implementation problems that might pop up.

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Why should I consider a private cloud?

Private clouds can be more cost-effective and secure than their public counterparts. And private cloud makes a good starting point: Companies can always go hybrid in the future. Continue Reading

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What should I expect from my private cloud storage provider?

If you choose to use a private cloud provider instead of building a cloud on premises, you still have to manage and secure the data users store. Continue Reading

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Should I use chargebacks?

IT chargebacks are meant to hold departments accountable for the private cloud resources they consume, but showbacks might be a better option. Instead of making departments pay the company back for what they use, showbacks give a visual representation of a group's cloud use. Continue Reading

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What private cloud stumbling blocks should I expect?

Anticipating future hardware needs can be a difficult part of planning for a private cloud. And so can teaching users what acceptable cloud use looks like. Continue Reading

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How can I keep cloud costs down?

Using commodity hardware and OpenStack for your private cloud can help save money, but you need the in-house expertise to manage open source cloud software. Additionally, solid-state drives and all-flash arrays improve performance, so you can use fewer servers and save a few bucks there. Continue Reading

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