Q. What should IT consider when integrating the Private Cloud with their existing infrastructure?
A. According to Windows IT Pro Editor, Mel Beckman, the first step is to recognize that the private cloud isn’t going to replace your existing infrastructure overnight, you’re going to have to live with it for a year or two until the technology runs through its lifecycle. Keep in mind that management may believe that moving to the cloud is going to solve existing problems immediately, so it’s important to set the expectation with them that this isn’t an overnight process.
The second step is to ensure that you have good instrumentation in place to measure and monitor the system as the transition takes place. That way, you will know if something goes down before your users start calling.
The third step is that you need to identify the applications that are going to benefit by your going to the private cloud. Find the apps you already have that will benefit in performance and reliability from moving to the cloud, such as email. In order to find that out, you’ve got to talk to users and find out what their pain points are.
And finally, just as you wouldn’t fly a plane without training, you shouldn’t attempt this move without intensive (20-30 hours) of training on a private cloud simulator.
Once you’ve completed those steps, you can start creating a plan for moving into the private cloud. It is crucial that your planning include developing a rollback process if something goes wrong. This is where having good instrumentation is important. With it, you can monitor your system, and, if there’s any question of reliability or security, you simply roll back, analyze the postmortem information and try again another day.
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For more on this topic, watch Windows IT PRO editors Sean Derby and Mel Beckman in the video Eye on the Private Cloud: Integrating the private cloud into your existing infrastructure which is included below for your convenience.