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November 2010, Vol. 28

Private cloud 101: Is your data center ready?

Everybody is talking about cloud computing as an alternative to traditional computing models, but many are leery of relinquishing control to a public cloud provider. As a result, companies looking to embrace cloud architecture are creating their own private cloud environments. What defines a private cloud infrastructure compared to a traditional data center? Can you just declare your existing data center a private cloud and be done with it? It's not as simple as that. Private clouds are those that a company manages itself and deploys in its own data center, but they have several characteristics that distinguish them from traditional data centers, including: Dynamic scalability: The amount of available resources should be able to dynamically increase or decrease based on demand. High availability: The cloud infrastructure should have as much uptime as possible with minimal unplanned outages. Chargeback model: Cloud resource consumption should be monitored and measured to calculate user chargeback. Self service: Users themselves ...

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