Which private cloud is right for me?

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Cloud-computing1Some of the reasons for selecting private cloud implementations are due to security, integration, management or costs. Another reason is related to the type of workload that is going to be deployed there. All these reasons need to be taken into consideration when deciding where the private cloud will be deployed and which type of management to select.  I have previously discussed some cloud deployment models in my blog posts. Now I would like to present how these can be deployed with IBM offerings.

Private cloud implementations can be deployed at a client’s data center, third party data center or IBM or SoftLayer data center and can be contracted with or without managed services. There are several IBM offerings that fill this arena.

IBM Private Modular Cloud (PMC) is an offering that provides dedicated cloud infrastructure.  It has a modular design, self-service portal, over 200 available workloads and seamless modular infrastructure as key capabilities. It leverages the best hardware infrastructure (IBM PureSystems offerings, specifically IBM PureFlex System technology), as well as VMware and IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO) for provisioning. This offering can deploy the private cloud in any data center and more recently at SoftLayer data centers as well. Once deployed, it is up to the client to manage it.

Another offering named IBM SmartCloud Management Services – managed infrastructure for private cloud can be leveraged for customers that do not want or do not have personnel or skills to manage the cloud environment. It was developed based on the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and IBM Cloud Computing Reference Architecture (CCRA), providing all of the ITIL service management disciplines and cloud-specific activities such as provisioning, image, metering and performance and capacity management.

Both offerings can be the ideal choice for companies looking to be at edge of cloud technology and lets them focus on their core businesses.

Another private cloud offering available is the SoftLayer private cloud deployment. It can be deployed worldwide in many data centers and offers many capabilities such as firewalls, load balances, hypervisors and workloads. These deployments are more appropriate for clients that do not want to expend resources on data centers and have an IT team able to manage and administer the cloud

A third option that differs from SoftLayer is IBM Cloud Managed Services (CMS). It deploys private clouds in IBM data centers with managed services included. One of the key differentiations is the support for p-series servers.

All of these offerings have functionalities or capabilities that may fit well for one client and not for another, so understanding it and the related costs may help to decide the best option that fits the client’s needs.

I tried to give a quick overview of IBM offerings available in the private cloud space. These offerings are continuously evolving. Let me know if you have any questions by commenting below.

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