How to move your business to a private cloud
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A move to the cloud means not only technological changes but also organizational changes. Let’s try to single out the steps you need to take before moving to a private cloud.
Nowadays, the tendency is to choose cloud architecture for your business, and there are two reasons behind such a decision. First, it allows to make your business more dynamic and turn new business models into working projects faster than ever before. Second, it makes it easier for you to use IT infrastructure. But a move to the cloud means not only technological changes but very often some organizational changes as well.
If you haven’t used cloud architecture before or its use is against the corporate rules in your company, you can start with a protected private cloud. Let’s try to single out the steps you need to take before moving to a private cloud.
First of all, you need to prepare your IT infrastructure, which means that you’ll need to virtualize, standardize and automate it. Analyzing your current systems will help you understand what you need to standardize and/or upgrade. Also, you need to either reorganize or change your processes a bit in order to comply with a cloud model. As one of the main goals of creating a private cloud is automation, it’s hard to achieve it without standardizing IT systems.
Therefore, when planning your move you need to elaborate organizational and technical parts of migration.
Ok, now it’s time to start acting. Your most important task will be to choose a technological platform for your cloud. Keep in mind that this platform should meet all the characteristics and requirements of your future infrastructure.
At the moment, vendors are offering systems specifically created for private clouds. These are complex solutions aimed at solving critical problems, they are scalable (which is of utter importance when your business starts to grow), and have high efficiency. You can also find solutions for more specialized tasks. This way you can steer away from “one-size-fits-all” solutions and optimize your processes and loads even further.
Well, the cloud is not a Wild West scenery anymore, and vendors carefully control all the components of the solutions they offer, because today to lose a customer is the easiest thing. If you build your cloud infrastructure from vendor’s standard components, there should hardly be any problem at all. In case you want to add something else to the system from another vendor, you need to find specialists who are able to properly set up everything for you.
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Testing a new setup is a must. The results you get from testing will give you a clear picture about how different services and apps behave in the cloud. Testing will also reveal possible weak points in the architecture you’ve selected, thus allowing you to change the situation before some problems may appear.
When your cloud system goes live, it’s essential to monitor and manage its performance. It helps you control components efficiency and react quickly to any problems that might appear. You also need to keep an eye on aspects such as the use of disk space, RAM, and other resources.
If you take these measures, you will always know what’s going on with your infrastructure and you won’t be taken aback by obstacles.
Nowadays you can set up your own private cloud in one or two weeks. After this period your new infrastructure will be characterized by features such as a quick rebuild, scalability, and efficiency. It is safe to conclude that working with cloud technologies is the right thing to do.