Private Cloud Infrastructure
Why Everyone is Talking About Enterprise Cloud Services
When it comes to data management, you have your ear to the tracks, which is why you’ve been considering enterprise cloud services. You’ve heard it’s the solution to some pain points that you know all too well: the bloated in-house IT department that’s consuming more and more of the payroll, the unrelenting demand for upgraded hardware and software in your data center, the limits on your ability to expand using your current infrastructure. And you don’t have to tell us - the sheer magnitude of damage that could befall your enterprise in the case of an IT disaster is enough to keep you up at night.
These are the nagging problems that upper management, CIOs, CTOs and CSOs experience everywhere. That is, until they enter the cloud.
Suddenly, the need for new servers is no longer your problem. The private cloud isn’t short on state-of-the-art hardware - just deploy as many more servers as you need. They can activate your systems within minutes.
There’s no longer a resource-hungry IT department nipping at your heels for the bigger and the better hardware or software. Your new “IT department” is now just a phone call away - the dedicated support staff of your enterprise cloud services provider.
You start getting better sleep knowing that every precaution against IT disasters is already in place and ready to go. Automated failover, backups and virtual machine data transfer will brave natural disasters, while high security storage rooms will prevent the man-made variety.
And you only pay for what you use. You can access to all the compute, networking and data storage resources you need, without having to purchase all (or any) of them. Maybe this is why some imagine that heaven is a cloudy place.
How Do I Know if Enterprise Cloud Services Are Right for My Workload?
You need to know your enterprise cloud strategy. We’ve compiled some tools to help you assess your workload needs. The better you understand how you operate in your current IT environment, the better we can craft the ideal one for you. Utilize the following resources to ascertain the base knowledge we’ll use to sculpt your enterprise cloud services:
- Cloud Compute Questionnaire - What is the nature of the market(s) in which you compete? Are you partnered with global supply chains or virtual enterprise partners? What is the predictability of your workloads and how demanding are your users? This questionnaire will guide you to the answers needed to build your solution.
- Cloud Checklist - What is the purpose of your workloads? What are your elasticity and performance requirements? Who needs to access the applications and where are these users located? This checklist will extract some fundamentals to your infrustructure needs.
- Cloud Responsibility Matrix - More control over your systems is better, including their cost, resource-use and what happens if the unexpected arises. This worksheet identifies key applications and services of your cloud, allowing you to precisely define who should be responsible for the operation and maintenance of each one.
- VM Portability Guide - Migrating applications and services to VMs - virtual machines - is a key task of the cost-saving cloud. Use this guide to identify which of yours are and are not portable. Revenue generation, analytics, help desk, seasonal services, project-based - all the categories of your programs are here. After determining application portability, you can begin to prioritize the steps of your migration.
What Exactly Is Cloud Computing?
There is a lot of misunderstanding around the term cloud computing. There are sometimes as many answers as there are CIOs. We’ll start with the definition provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction."
You can see why there are so many different definitions! As it applies to a private tool for enterprise-level work, Latisys’ definition gets to the point: it’s an elastic computing system that’s fully managed by the provider. Cloud computing makes possible the spinning up or spinning down of resources on-demand, negating the previous requirement to invest in new infrastructure, train new personnel or license new software. And it’s self-service, which puts you in the driver’s seat.
Whether you prefer NIST’s definition or ours, one thing is for sure: the private cloud approach is becoming a needed competitive edge for today’s mission-critical applications.
Is it Really Worth It to Migrate to Private Cloud Services?
Tailored to You. Unlike the public cloud, every aspect of your private cloud solution is tailored to your specific performance requirements. And also unlike public cloud, there is absolutely nothing that your neighbors can do that will impact your performance or security.
The security of your dreams. Just imagine: your own private, customized firewall. Server redundancy to ensure your data is always accessible no matter when Murphy’s Law decides to strike. Complete security and compliance solutions so you can ensure your customers that they are protected.
Acquire scalability for today and all your tomorrows. What if growing pains didn’t have to hurt? With private cloud services, they don’t. Your customers probably don’t purchase at a predictable, steady rate, so why should you? The enterprise private cloud doesn’t mind. Scale your resource usage up or down on command.
Leave the maintenance to us. We’re constantly monitoring, not only for uptime and performance, but for threats and intrusions to your systems. We also take care of the licenses required to operate the hardware and software, as well as the compliance certifications for data transmission. Move to the enterprise cloud, where these services are built in and taken care of.
Save. Some. Money. We construct workloads that are matched to the right private cloud resource pool, so you can pay for the exact performance you need - not more, not less. Not paying for unused resources means an increase in the bottom line. Enterprise cloud services manage costs by deploying today’s complex applications on an economy of scale off-site.
How do You Get to the Private Cloud?
Your cloud can be configured in four simple steps. First, you choose your baseline configuration. We have proven templates to make this easy for you.
Next, we’ll customize your private cloud to fit your needs (and customization is what we’re all about). We’re able to tailor an environment for your operations, creating a hybrid environment of the hardware, software and personnel who can keep your systems at max uptime with minimal resource consumption. We’ll configure your operating system - Redhat, CentOS, and/or Windows. You can choose from various vCPU and vRAM settings, as well as flexible storage and IP address configurations.
Third, you’ll choose your Quality of Service (QoS) level. We offer three choices that allow you to optimize performance of the workloads, applications and data that you choose to move to your fluffy new enterprise cloud:
Essential: Tier 3 storage, higher over-subscription of CPU/RAM
Select: Hybrid storage, lower over-subscription of CPU/RAM
Premium: Tier 2 storage, no over-subscription of CPU/RAM
And lastly, you’ll add any managed services you’d like to complement your environment. Popular add-ons that add value and availability to the cloud include managed security, storage, performance and disaster recovery services. And all of this private cloud fine-tuning is done via the Latisys portal—so you are completely in control.
How Things Change with Private Cloud Services
It’s time to migrate to the cloud, and Latisys is here to help. Today’s hottest companies have already blazed the trail or are currently making the move to enterprise cloud services.
Which of the three cloud setups - Essential, Select or Premium - is right for your enterprise? The goal is to attain ultimate cost efficiency by balancing workloads. This lets you target performance to where you want it most and divert scarce resources from where you need them least.
How are Latisys enterprise private cloud users currently leveraging the cloud?
A SaaS enterprise (Software as a Service) utilizes the Latisys private cloud for management needs. They require an environment for setting up free demonstrations for their potential clients. They’re utilizing the Latisys Essential cloud, which features Tier 3 storage and a high oversubscription of compute resources. This provided a right-match solution for their testing and development workloads.
Another is an investment management organization that wants a disaster recovery environment that can keep operations going at production, but doesn’t want to pay for compute resources that they’ll rarely use and hope not to need. The Latisys Select cloud is the right fit, offering serious performance utilizing hybrid Tier 2/3 storage and a low oversubscription of compute power. This solution provides the performance required in a disaster scenario without excessive spending.
A third is a major electronic dealer that requires the capability to support a sizeable surge in firmware downloads during OS deployment. They find that the Latisys Premium cloud delivers the highest in performance with Tier 2 storage, avoiding oversubscription of compute resources to perfectly execute performance-intensive workloads.
Join Us - The Weather’s Fine
No one likes to be the last on board. Now is the perfect time to join your peers, running faster systems, storing more data and networking more securely than ever before. It’s also the time to make your IT dollars count for more, maximizing the ROI of every piece of hardware, software or IT expert working on your operations.
What are you waiting for? As business owners ourselves, we know what you’re probably thinking: alright, how much is something like this going to cost? We’re glad you asked.