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The Case for the Custom Cloud: Research Report

Learn more on how users can customize their cloud services – while you maintain control.

When it comes to cloud services, “semi-custom” goes a long way. “The Case for the Custom Cloud,” shows you how users can configure their own customized cloud services from choices you dictate – and how you can deliver the resulting cloud services quickly and affordably. Learn more on how users can customize their cloud services – while you maintain control.

Users Get What They Need

Most depictions of the quintessential cloud user paint him or her ambiguously enough to allow for every role or function — from a researcher needing to run an immediate, complex statistical calculation, to a developer
who routinely tests her code on fresh instances of an environment, and even to a marketing team member who needs to provision enough “Web site capacity” to support another 1,000 concurrent users.

While this seems fanciful in a world of primarily infrastructure-as-a-service clouds, even the most basic clouds, such as those supporting development efforts, still have a diverse set of users. Some developers, when writing code, might need a Software Development Environment (SDE) linked to a runtime environment that supports multi-tier applications (say, an application server and a database). Other people in QA might need a single instance of an application, rapidly reconstructed. Scalability testers would need simulation environments to test thousands of users and transactions Add to this same cloud a group of research-and development (R&D) users who require a few advanced statistical packages on top of an operating system, or financial analysts who need to run simulations, and you’re already up to half a dozen different cloud service configurations. That doesn’t even begin to account for differences in size of instances, monitoring and service level agreement (SLA) requirements, or security and compliance options.

However, even in these simple cases, it is clear to see that a “useful” cloud service to each of these different theoretical users varies wildly. It would do no good to provide each of them with a nice, clean instance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux® 6.0 and send them on their way. The users each need a very specific cloud service to truly meet their needs.

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