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May 2011, Vol. 1 No. 2

Moving to a private cloud: Unveiling the myths

As IT managers embark on building a private cloud, they may have to confront past assumptions and practices. Some of the prevailing wisdom that has defined their data center infrastructure may not be valid in a cloud. And while vendors often profess that cloud automation and management is relatively turnkey, those on the front lines can attest otherwise. A private cloud resides inside a company’s data center and offers control of IT resources. It automates workflow and eliminates manual configuration tasks, such as shifting workloads to setting up firewall rules and configuring routers. Some thus refer to the cloud layer as a “manager of managers” of sorts that allows data center operators to move application workloads; reallocate memory, storage and other IT resources where they need the most oomph; and consolidate data and management in a single “location.” For most data centers, though, a private cloud’s “nirvana state” of automated management requires retooling of existing infrastructure and processes. You can’t just slap ...

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