Considerations for availability management in the cloud

When moving key business services into a cloud environment, it is critical to consider how to manage the availability of those key services. Consider redundancy, workload mobility and application architecture to ensure that when components fail you get the results expected. In addition, it is important to leverage many of the same service management best practices that are usually applied to traditional IT and apply them to the cloud environment. Although there are more factors that must be considered in a cloud environment, many of the principles around availability management as part of service management apply to a cloud environment in similar ways.

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Cloud performance management considerations

Cloud computing introduces some unique challenges when it comes to performance management. Because the infrastructure your application runs on is more dynamic and elastic in a cloud solution, there are significantly more factors that need to be considered when managing the performance of such applications. Although the elastic nature of the environment is a major […]

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Image template considerations for cloud service catalog

When building a cloud environment, one of the most important things to consider is what images will be in the service catalog. Many times, business requirements drive more variations of software configurations and operating system versions, which quickly can cause several derivatives of a base image, and ultimately virtual image sprawl. In turn, this can […]

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Turning products into cloud solutions

One challenge that many IT organizations undertake when looking at vendor-provided cloud products is determining which products best meets their business needs. After products have been chosen, it is another effort to turn the vendor-provided products into cloud solutions that meet the business needs of the organization. Going through this process for a number of […]

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Multi-customer, multi-tenancy considerations

Multi-tenancy in cloud service models implies a need for policy-driven enforcement, segmentation, isolation, governance, service levels and chargeback billing models for various consumer constituencies. Consumers might use a public cloud provider’s service offerings or actually might be from the same organization, such as separate business units rather than distinct organizational entities, but still share infrastructure. […]

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Implementation considerations for public cloud

When you think about using public cloud solutions for key pieces of business functionality consider several things prior to moving the workload to a public cloud. First, consider the application integration requirements with workloads that exist in the traditional data center. This means selecting the right workload for the public cloud environments. Organizations should engage […]

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Cloud security considerations

When looking to move workload to cloud environments, most Chief Information Officers will say that security is the number one concern. To address those concerns, IT organizations must consider several aspects of security to ensure they do not put their organizations at risk as they explore cloud computing. Some of these concerns regarding security have […]

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Considerations of designing public cloud solutions

When looking at the different public cloud offerings currently available in the marketplace it is easy to see why public cloud offerings are very attractive to business, but are slow to adopt since many of them require unique challenges to the traditional IT Services models. Like with any system, designing a system that ultimately meets […]

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Considerations of designing private cloud solutions

A private cloud solution is a cloud computing platform that is implemented within the corporate firewall, under the control of the IT department. A private cloud is designed to offer the same features and benefits of public cloud offerings, but removes a number of challenges of public cloud solutions including control over enterprise and customer […]

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