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CIO/CTO Update: Article

A Practical Framework for Successful Private Cloud Computing Design

You've Made the Decision to Proceed, Now How Do You Ensure Success?

So your company has decided to build a private cloud. Maybe this came after careful consideration of the actual cost savings versus pie-in-the-sky stuff, and you've become convinced, organizationally, that you can virtualize resources, consolidate some servers, and maybe increase performance a bit as well.

Or maybe your CEO just read a magazine article about it, or read a long-ignored email about it, during a flight to Europe, and is now demanding that you "get with it" with Cloud Computing.

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Whatever the case, you now need a practical roadmap to get you there. There may be a session at Cloud Expo that can help. Dave Malcolm, CTO at Surgient in Austin, Texas, will be presenting a talk on designing and deploying a "practical private cloud framework" to lead to a successful conclusion.

In his words, "Not all clouds are created equal. A successful private cloud starts with a good design, its form following the key requirements set by business users and IT leadership: for example, sizing available compute infrastructure, defining expected peak and off peak workloads, and creating use cases for business services."

"This session provides a practical framework to assess principle private cloud requirements and to map those to design elements including infrastructure pooling, resource allocation, and service policies. These proven design patterns serve as the foundation for vendor selection and help to establish metrics for analyzing project success."

More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.