Virtualization admin's guide to private cloud deployment

Private cloud deployment made easy

Through a private cloud deployment, an IT shop can reap the benefits of consolidated resources, increased flexibility and lower hardware costs. Not surprisingly, though, the transition from a virtual infrastructure presents a distinct set of obstacles, including performance monitoring, automation and chargeback.

Fortunately, when deciding how best to integrate data from virtual servers and maintain tight security in a private cloud deployment, IT pros can often draw from familiar virtualization techniques. Furthermore, many of these virtualization strategies can scale to meet the demands of a dynamic private cloud.

Whether your organization has already made the move to the cloud or is simply discussing the possibility of private cloud deployment, we've got the resources to help you securely migrate data and keep your cloud infrastructure running smoothly and efficiently.

Table of contents:

Moving to the cloud: Tips for mature virtual data centers

Many IT shops have their sights set on moving to the cloud, including private cloud deployments, as a way to stretch their IT budget. Fortunately, mature virtual data centers are already equipped to standardize operating system configurations and automate some deployment tasks. Should your virtual data center consider a move to the cloud, a good foundation of centralization and automation, coupled with some of your virtualization-security techniques, can help ensure a successful, simple transition.

Right-sizing and capacity planning strategies for private clouds

Neglecting to right-size VMs and implement capacity planning strategies will hamper a private cloud deployment. Simply practicing performance monitoring isn't enough, however. To accurately size workloads in a private cloud, you'll need historical performance data, including a CPU, memory and I/O usage. By following these strategies and carefully planning, you'll be one step closer to building a secure, efficient cloud.

Private cloud performance monitoring: Crafting a plan of attack

After implementing a private cloud deployment, performance monitoring becomes a critical part of troubleshooting problems and ensuring consistent service levels. The best plans take a multiprong approach and build off of effective virtualization performance-monitoring strategies. This approach also incorporates historical data to help you identify problems early and work quickly to rectify the situation.

Why IT chargeback is essential to private cloud infrastructure

IT chargeback is a necessary cog for private clouds because it reduces waste, curtails sprawl and puts pressure on application and systems administrators to right-size their VMs. But with a private cloud deployment, chargeback requires inventorying each server and workload, making it a potentially difficult method to implement. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to calculate IT chargeback, which you can adapt to fit your organization's needs.

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