Going to Your Private Cloud
You’ve researched the differences between public cloud and private cloud computing
solutions, and have conducted a thorough analysis of your needs, processes, current technologies, and of course, the very important return on investment (ROI). Weighing all options, your organization has opted to implement a private cloud strategy.
Private clouds are most commonly used to deliver virtualization automatically and in a more controlled environment, giving businesses an increase in efficiency, security, and valuable resources. Once you make the decision to go private, there are six critical key steps to private cloud success:
1. Create Your Virtual Environment.
You cannot just import your current infrastructure “to the cloud.” If it was only that easy! Your company should have a virtualized server environment
before implementing your private cloud. This will ensure a solid network backbone for stability in rolling out your cloud.
2. Be Realistic About the Timeline. A transition to a private cloud infrastructure will not happen overnight. You have to be realistic that it will take time and that you cannot expect to have a true self-service IT within your organization without allowing for approval mechanisms. It takes time to do things right.
3. Get Your People Involved. The entire organization, from marketing to human resources to IT, needs to be on board and supportive of the cloud transition or they may inadvertently work to undermine the process. Educate them that this infrastructure will allow them to be more productive and efficient when completed. It’s especially important to have a “people plan” in place for your current IT staff who may feel that they are losing key elements of their job. Keep them informed and involved. It will be better for everyone in the long run.
4. Move Slowly During the Process. Transition your IT department and their resources first. This will allow them to work out any kinks and challenges in the private cloud environment before deploying it to the masses in your company. Gradually move, in a streamlined manner, to deploy mission critical applications, documents, and procedures first. Identify your biggest bottlenecks that will benefit from the cloud, and transition them next.
5. Test and Evaluate. Each step of the way, test, evaluate, and make changes as needed. Learn by experimentation and continual feedback.
Today, many small and medium sized businesses are moving to the cloud. It’s a move that is allowing companies to focus on other areas of the business while someone else handles the IT side. It’s a great way for small businesses to compete with the largest of competitors.
A successful private cloud deployment is about optimizing business practices so that they are now being done more efficiently than before. By setting and monitoring key metrics like costs, customer satisfaction, efficiency, and more, your organization can provide a quantitative evaluation of your private cloud strategy.
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