Welcome back to my Private Cloud topic. In case you missed anything, I have been blogging on the topic of Private Clouds ... with these three posts already out in the blogosphere:
- PART 1: Setting the stage – Private Cloud solutions are here
- PART 2: Private Cloud readiness
- PART 3: Building your roadmap to the Private Cloud
In this blog, I want to focus just a bit on the HP Converged Infrastructure and the Private Cloud. After all, the groundwork for a journey to a Private Cloud goes hand-in-hand with Convergence.
Why you may ask? The Converged Infrastructure turns rigid and costly technology silos common in today’s environments into shared pools of virtualized resources that provide the foundation for Private Clouds and deliver the combined benefits of both ... lower costs, greater agility, faster time-to-revenue, less complexity to deliver more innovation to the business, faster ... and so on.
A Converged Infrastructure enables the on-demand resource provisioning that is one of the key advantages of Cloud models. This allows IT supply to be adjusted dynamically to meet the changing demands of diverse business applications, which rely on the same underlying pool of resources. If you are not familiar with the HP Converged Infrastructure, you might want to check out the blog: Making Converged Infrastructure Real.
When thinking about making the Cloud real, what better example than to highlight one organization that is rolling out Converged Infrastructure solutions to power their Cloud implementations. That’s the case with Sify Technologies Limited in India (a leading data center services company). Sify is laying the groundwork for on-demand Cloud computing services based on HP Converged Infrastructure. In this implementation, HP Blade System Matrix will turn Sify’s IT resource into a highly automated and virtualized resource pool. Sify will use specific application templates to automatically provision resources for new business requirements. Business users will be able to request IT services via a self-service portal powered by HP Insight Orchestration software.
In a news release, a Sify executive, P J Nath, summarized the value proposition for the company’s business customers: “Sify’s new Cloud service will enable our customers to source IT-as-a-Service without compromising on performance, security and control.”
Probably the best advice I can give is if you are on a path to a Private Cloud, start with the ABCs that we outlined in earlier posts:
- Assess your readiness for the Cloud.
- Build your roadmap.
- Converge your infrastructure.
I’ll be back soon with more Cloud and Converged Infrastructure insights,