Under pressure to create highly efficient, dynamic data centers, IT departments are turning to cloud design as a way to optimize the IT infrastructure that businesses depend on. By introducing virtualization and cloud computing to the data center, they are able to improve resource utilization, achieve greater flexibility and speed in IT provisioning, and contribute to the enhanced agility of the enterprise as a whole.
In order to achieve these crucial cloud computing benefits, organizations must not only familiarize themselves with the technological components necessary for a successful cloud design but also consider and select the cloud deployment and service models most suitable for their particular circumstances.
Elements of the Basic Cloud Design
The basic cloud design incorporates hardware, tools and technologies that enable the rapid elasticity of computing capabilities and the on-demand, self-provisioning of IT resources via a public or private network. The cloud infrastructure improves the enterprise data center through:
- Resource pooling. Using a cloud computing virtualization layer, pools of server, network and storage resources are created—resources that can be dynamically assigned and reassigned as necessary.
- Automated provisioning. Automation of IT provisioning and management is accomplished through an orchestration layer, which manages virtualization and hardware elements to maintain desired performance and security profiles and optimize resource usage.
Cloud Design Deployment Models
As part of defining a cloud strategy and creating a cloud design appropriate for the unique requirements of each business, IT organizations must consider which type of cloud deployment—using a public cloud service, building an enterprise cloud, or combining both in a hybrid cloud—will be best for them as a company and for the different workloads they wish to transfer to the cloud. Although public cloud services offer faster time-to-value and significant economies of scale, companies that would rather manage and oversee their own cloud solutions for greater control or to address regulatory concerns may prefer the private cloud computing model. Or, where possible, they may choose to reap the benefits of both worlds with a hybrid cloud strategy, using a private cloud on premises and tapping into public cloud services when the need arises.
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