July 9, 2014 | Written by: Diego Andres Sonvico
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Today, companies are looking at all the different ways to be in the cloud. You might choose to start with a private cloud, but, given the expected evolution of cloud computing, you might want to seriously consider implementing this private cloud with an OpenStack orchestrator. By doing so, you can avoid closing the door to connecting with other clouds in the future.
Right now as we talk, the IT world is either moving systems to different cloud services or thinking about how to do this because the benefits of cloud are very big. However, the reality is that cloud adoption is not a short-term project and there can be many different stages in the journey.
One of the possible steps that you could take in the journey to public clouds is to implement a local private cloud on the company data center. But, trust me, a public cloud is probably in your future, and if you implement an OpenStack base orchestrator, such as IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO), it will help you to save time and money when you eventually move to public cloud.
But what is OpenStack? The Wikipedia definition says:
“OpenStack is a free and open-source software cloud computing platform. It is primarily deployed as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution. The technology consists of a series of interrelated projects that control pools of processing, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center, able to be managed or provisioned through a web-based dashboard, command-line tools, or a RESTful API.”
So what does all that actually mean?
This means that different cloud orchestrators (from different providers) made under the OpenStack standard will have a compatible way to communicate with each other. By utilizing OpenStack, you will be able to connect your private cloud in a better way and be able to move workloads or get new virtual machines (VMs) in an easier way. Believe me—you are going to need this in the future!
Even if you start with a private cloud implementation, the IT market evolution trends say that it is very probable that the cloud’s business enablers (see the following figure) will be very attractive for you in the future.
The possibility to cut cost and connect with others in an easy way as well as the simplicity, flexibility and scalability of cloud will be tempting. Adapting your systems will be seen as less disruptive than continuing to manage your own cloud.
So you can see that cloud’s business enablers are desirable, but this doesn’t mean that you are ready for the cloud quite yet. Adopting cloud could be a very long and hard road, and starting with your own private one is a great first step. Just be aware that some decisions today, like implementing your cloud with an OpenStack orchestrator, could make your journey to other clouds much easier in the future.
Good luck with your trip to the cloud, and if you want to discuss or exchange ideas please contact me on Twitter @diegosonvico.
Note: The graphics used in this blog post were obtained from “The power of cloud,” an IBM Global Business Services executive report.