Cloud Computing Trends and Business Benefits
Cloud computing represents the platform for the next generation of business. It transforms the traditional approach to the datacenter to align more closely with the changing requirements of today's dynamic business environment by allowing for rapid allocation of computing resources on an as-needed basis. Ideally, the provisioning of these resources is highly automated such that non-technical business owners can initiate the process or even to the point that resources are allocated automatically as the systems detect increased demand.
To accomplish this goal, Cloud Computing is driving the transformation of the IT industry across the entire stack:
While Cloud Computing traces its roots to hosted (i.e. Internet-based) solutions where providers were able to capitalize on these benefits by providing a multi-tenant platform, the same principles that drive its appeal and success apply to on-premise and non-shared hosted solutions as well. These private cloud solutions leverage the trends of Cloud Computing to offer dramatic improvements in business agility, operational efficiency and IT maturity with significant cost savings. As organizations recognize this, interest and adoption of private cloud deployments is rapidly increasing for many usage scenarios.
Moving to the Private Cloud
As customers begin their journey to the private cloud, it is important to understand that Cloud Computing is not a pre-packaged solution but rather a methodology for abstracting the technical complexities of server, storage, and network resources to provide a reliable and scalable platform for applications. Reference architectures have been developed by Microsoft and other vendors in conjunction with a variety of hardware vendors. These alone are only intended to accelerate the adoption of Private Cloud Computing by providing a tried and true hardware platform to support it.
Organizations moving to the Private Cloud must adopt an entirely new paradigm around IT management based on customer self-service, fractional hardware ownership, and dynamic resource allocation.
Organizations can take the first steps toward the Private Cloud by deploying the Microsoft products and technologies they know and trust. The flexible and familiar platform and tools you use today will become the foundation for your private cloud. Organizations wanting to take advantage of a flexible, dynamic private cloud infrastructure can use Windows Server, Hyper-V, and the System Center suite to create cloud services within their datacenter.
Evolving Your Datacenters to Derive Cloud Benefits Today
Microsoft is enabling customers to build the foundation for private cloud infrastructure using Windows Server/Hyper-V and the System Center family of products. Windows Server includes Hyper-V as a reliable, scalable, and cost-effective virtualization platform as the foundation of Microsoft's Private Cloud solution. It also leverages System Center products including System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) to provide rapid virtual machine provisioning and dynamic management as well as System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to monitor the health of the environment and react to issues before they impact the business. This core solution is further augmented by technologies such as the Virtual Machine Manager Self Service Portal 2.0 (VMMSSP) that allow business users to define scalability requirements and request additional resources for their applications. Microsoft's private cloud solution, called a Hyper-V Cloud, integrates the lower cost and high performance of Hyper-V with the world-class integrated management of System Center to provide no-compromise availability, reliability, and security for private cloud workloads.
Traditionally, business units purchase hardware for their own use and have strict boundaries between hardware resources. This segmentation also places a significant financial burden on IT which is frequently responsible for the shared resources that may include power, cooling, networking, storage, etc. Private Cloud eliminates those boundaries through virtualization and allows business units to pay for only the exact resources they require while simultaneously reducing the shared resource overhead in the environment, including deployment footprint and energy usage.
For governance, virtualization offers substantial advantages in the deployment model that streamline provisioning, enhance data services availability, and accelerate migration of data assets into production. For instance, instead of waiting several weeks or months to procure physical server machines for development and test environments, VMs can be deployed in these environments to provide readily available systems on which to host these Server instances. The improvements in the management, monitoring and deployment mechanism using virtualization technology contribute significantly to increasing business agility and reducing operating costs.
Hitachi Consulting's Hyper-V Cloud Solution Offerings
Hitachi Consulting's Hyper-V Solutions extend from the assessment and planning for a Hyper-V Cloud to optimizing applications and environment configurations for a Hyper-V Cloud. These solutions include:
If you want to make your business more agile, market responsive, and efficient by leveraging the Microsoft technology platforms listed above, contact Hitachi Consulting today.