6 Common Challenges of Private Cloud Implementations
“Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”
- General George Patton (1885-1945), legendary American general of WWII.
The private cloud has become a popular option for enterprises who desire the numerous advantages of cloud computing but do not want to relinquish the control that public cloud adoption will force. However, private cloud implementations come with their own set of challenges.
Private cloud, as an approach to IT operations, calls for organizations to transform their data centers, including the network. Using strategic points of control to aggregate and dynamically provision IT resources can help organizations meet network-related challenges and move past the hype to successfully build, deploy, and secure private clouds.
This paper, titled Six Common Challenges of Cloud Implementation, examines four key private cloud goals – self-service IT, automation and orchestration, transitioning to a hybrid model, and virtualization of the network – and the common network-related challenges that must be met and overcome. These challenges include:
Enabling a self-service infrastructure
Integrating with provisioning and orchestration engines
Codifying department policies
Supporting inter-cloud architectures
Ensuring operational consistency
Addressing topological dependencies
Understanding these challenges – and their solutions – will enable organizations to chart a less perilous path toward successful implementation.
By Sourya Biswas
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