Why use a private cloud? Many IT managers have wrestled with this question as they modernize IT environments with an eye toward improving cost-effectiveness. There are several obstacles that have held back private cloud adoption, but they are addressable with better guidance. With company-wide support, private clouds and hybrid infrastructure can be front and center in application development and deployment strategies.
Some of the Top Current Obstacles to Private Cloud Implementation
Writing for Talkin' Cloud, Chris Talbot examined a report from ASG Software Solutions that found that private cloud adoption was primarily held back by incomplete deployments and the unusual ways in which IT departments were approaching them. Moreover, there are key cultural and process challenges to private cloud implementation, including:
- Creating clear policies and processes for transitioning to new on-demand, self-service IT environments. More specifically, many enterprises are held back because their cloud projects are siloed, meaning that different departments do not communicate well and as such cannot work together to build and maintain their private clouds
- Changing the way that applications are architected to make better use of cloud resources. For example, the immense scale of Amazon Web Services provides departments with new resources for boosting the performance of private cloud setups and providing cost-saving flexibility for migrating workloads
- Meeting technological requirements, such as integrating with orchestration and provisioning engines. Companies must understand and implement these technologies while still maintaining operational consistency
Moreover, depending on the organization, these challenges could vary. If a company has already been operating a data center, then shifting to the private cloud may require managers to meet the technological and cultural difficulties of moving from virtualization to the cloud and getting a handle on shadow IT. For public cloud users, there will be a learning curve in understanding administration of private cloud technology.
Private and hybrid clouds promise better automation, agility and control, but what can organizations do to realize these benefits? Guidance from vendors and service providers will go a long way in helping organizations understand the value proposition of private and hybrid infrastructure.
On a more practical level, gaining access to better application testing environments for all teams, through a test cloud, could be key to resolving the divides between different parts of the organization. Otherwise, a lack of unity and clear communication within the company could complicate the already considerable task of moving from old infrastructure to a private or hybrid cloud setup.
Addressing Capacity and Other Issues with an AWS Hybrid Cloud
While private cloud companies tailor offerings for organizations trying to make the move from virtualization or purely public cloud infrastructure, hybrid cloud may be picking up steam as an ideal solution to many current IT challenges. Although public cloud platforms offer excellent scalability, some organizations may not be in the position to fully replace all legacy systems, and as such they need solutions that balance the best features of public and private infrastructure.
In an article for TheNextWeb, Ian Gotts explained that the hybrid cloud, which leverages public infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services alongside the company network, may be the ideal solution for environments in which administrators have to address a wide new range of endpoints and services. An AWS-compatible hybrid cloud provides:
- The ability to seamlessly and automatically shift loads between private and public resources, depending on bandwidth requirements and overflow capacity situations
- Better scalability, capacity and control for support new applications that have to reach many different endpoints
Given the massive scale of AWS, developers can take advantage of its reach after safely creating applications on the private infrastructure side. In this way, organizations get the best of both worlds in the cloud. However, as Gotts advised, they must still be careful to find a reputable, dependable vendor that can provide the services appropriate for their particular needs.