Cloud computing tips and tricks -- by the numbers

There are thousands of cloud computing tips offering cloud knowledge. One cloud expert stripped down this info to a handful of lists essential to any cloud project.

Whether it's for the grocery store or for your cloud computing project, a list will keep you focused. Fortunately,

SearchCloudComputing.com has done some legwork for you and created a countdown of our most helpful cloud adoption lists.

So whether you're migrating virtual machines to the cloud, trying to avoid common cloud computing mistakes or shifting to the next stage of your private cloud build, you can consult these lists for quick answers. We can't remind you to pick up milk on the way home from work, but we can remind you what not to do in the cloud.

1. Five steps to determining the best cloud candidates

In "Selecting the right virtual machine for your private cloud," expert Greg Shields outlines five ways to determine if a workload or service is appropriate to cloud-enable. A cloud-happy enterprise caught up in the idea of cost savings and high availability could actually end up losing money and efficiency if it doesn't carefully consider which services are a fit for cloud. This list, which includes steps to measure network bandwidth and to understand security issues, is a must-read for any enterprise considering cloud adoption.

In both life and in the cloud, no man is an island.

2. Four network latency gotchas of private cloud

In cloud adoption planning, enterprises often forget about cloud networking and bandwidth. This tip outlines often-overlooked issues with network latency in private cloud. A major purpose of building a private cloud is to streamline and create efficiencies, and network latency can shatter any of these gains. Don't be caught off-guard. Prep your enterprise for your cloud project by researching all factors that could cause latency.

3. Four things to consider before deploying a VM in the cloud

Like any IT project, investing in cloud requires loads of planning. "Primary factors for migrating VMs to the cloud" showcases four things cloud admins need to consider before deploying any VM in a cloud environment. Not all virtual machines are a fit for cloud; this tip can help you match a VM to your cloud criteria.

4. Five common mistakes of constructing a cloud presence

Everyone makes mistakes, but some mistakes are more costly than others. The good news is you can learn from those brave enterprises that leapt before you did. Gain insight from other IT pros' cloud computing errors to ensure your cloud project doesn't fall prey to common gaffes.

5. Five VMware tools to kick start a private cloud build

Like U2 wisely said, "Sometimes you can't make it on your own." In both life and in the cloud, no man is an island. The market is saturated with tools and services intended as lifelines to assist IT pros with any new project. These five VMware tools are there to help IT admins kick-start a private cloud build. Having trouble managing security or out-of-control costs? Look to this list for a tool that could match your needs.

Caitlin White is associate site editor for SearchCloudComputing.com. Contact her at cwhite@techtarget.com.

This was first published in September 2012

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