There are many reasons to consider moving applications to hosted private cloud. Most businesses today have become all too aware that they should expect disruptions in their industry, and competitive threats from unexpected directions. Trying to leverage IT to introduce agility and enable innovation and growth is difficult when IT is already consumed by the overheads of keeping legacy systems ticking over and healthy.
CIOs are forced to question their fundamental role in the business. Should they continue to be a builder and manager of data centre functions, or become a trusted partner in the journey to a reinvented digital business. The former puts the CIO at risk of obsolescence as the business learns to survive without IT through the use of shadow IT options and other partnerships. The latter leads to collaboration with the leadership team via shared goals.
One of the options available to CIOs to take immediate pressure off the IT team is to move a number of applications to a hosted private cloud. This immediately provides significant benefits for IT:
- Immediate enterprise-class data centre reliability and availability for business-critical workloads.
- Instant scalability without large injections of CapEx.
- Reduced expensive raised floorspace requirements.
- IT resources freed up to focus on innovation and the growth of the organisation.
So, just how easy is it to move to a private cloud?
Private cloud technical considerations
While the move to a cloud-based model doesn’t exclude physical servers, the more virtualized your existing infrastructure, the easier the transition to a cloud will be. If you haven’t done so already, adopt a “VM-first policy,” in which new services and applications are virtualized by default. Then, only when it’s demonstrated that these services cannot perform well virtualized, deploy them on dedicated physical servers.
Moving your virtual servers to the Somerville private cloud does not normally involve a change in IP address. This kind of transparency even extends to end-users not even being aware that they are accessing their virtual servers over a WAN link rather than locally. That is not to suggest that users should not be aware of a change to a hosted cloud environment – in fact, when Somerville helps facilitate migration, they works with both IT staff as well as users to ensure a smooth transition.
Moving to a private cloud is not a “big bang” approach. IT organisations and the organisation’s leadership team will make decisions on which applications to migrate based on a number of criteria. The good news is that private cloud is more amenable to application migrations than public cloud.
Private cloud is a good choice when security, control and performance are your top priority. The dedicated resources that Private Cloud gives you makes it ideal for:
- Workloads and data with demanding security requirements
- Mission-critical business applications
- Addressing compliance regulations
- Disaster recovery
- Test and dev resources
Note too that migrating virtual servers to Somerville’s private cloud doesn’t preclude you from deciding to run your own file, print, or DHCP servers on-premise. You will probably be pleased to find that the physical – or virtualised – servers you choose to run on-premise could be part of the same pay-as-you-go private cloud arrangement with Somerville.
Setting up DHCP failover and DFS replication from an on-premise file server to a server in the hosted private cloud data centre achieves minimum disruption to end users. DHCP failover is a mechanism whereby two DHCP servers are configured to manage the same pool of addresses and can provide backup for each other in the case of network outages. DFS replication is an effective way to replicate data between servers that are located on-premise and in the Somerville data centre.
We mentioned earlier that moving applications to hosted private cloud creates opportunities to redirect IT and capital resources to business transformation. The kinds of tasks that are no longer part of IT’s daily grind include; physical security; logical security; software, firmware and hypervisor updates and patching; and even pay-as-you-grow Microsoft licensing for both on-premise and cloud infrastructure.
There are compelling reasons to seek a partnership with a private cloud provider. There are no technical challenges involved in the migration and implementation. Somerville’s Private Cloud offering is a true enterprise-class service. with infrastructure is based on enterprise-class HPE compute and solid state disk (SSD) fibre channel attached storage. All our private cloud platforms are monitored 24X7 and the team at Somerville rectifies issues before the customer even realises there was a problem. We deploy servers with rack redundancy and can also offer data centre redundancy for customers seeking that additional peace of mind.
For a discussion on how we can help you take advantage of our private cloud offering, please contact us here.