A fully virtualized data center with self-service and automation. Self-service and automation are the critical capabilities that increase agility and differentiate from a virtualized data center.
Who uses private clouds and why?
Mid to large corporate and government entities implement a private cloud to achieve greater business agility, increase efficiency, and gain competitive advantage.
In a traditional IT environment, application software and the supporting hardware is procured, managed, and funded in silos, and generally implemented over a period of months. A private cloud infrastructure enables access to a variety of IT resources in minutes to hours and aligns costs to actual consumption.
By enabling the organization to initiate projects faster, capitalize quickly on new capabilities and revenue opportunities, and respond nimbly to market changes, moving to a private cloud elevates IT from cost center to strategic partner.
How does the private cloud work?
Virtualization technologies provide the foundation for a private cloud, whereby IT resources are uncoupled from physical devices. To fully capture the benefits of a private cloud requires an infrastructure optimized for virtualization and tightly integrated.
Moving from a traditional IT environment to a private cloud and delivering IT-as-a-service (ITaaS) also requires new roles, skills, and significant operational changes. Users access services through a self-service catalog of pre-defined configurations, with usage metered and charged accordingly.
What are the benefits of the private cloud?