Feeds

Does private cloud follow virtualisation?

Consolidation or construction

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

A general assumption is often made that private cloud is the next logical step after virtualisation. But is this really the case?

Many people got into x86 server virtualisation as part of their efforts to simplify and consolidate their application and hardware landscape. The motivation was primarily to cut costs and overheads rather than dramatically change the way IT services are managed and delivered.

Private cloud, however, represents quite a different proposition. The basic idea is to pool a bunch of servers and other resources (storage and networking) to create a general purpose platform upon which a variety of workload types can be run simultaneously. An important attribute of private cloud is the ability to manage the rapid allocation/de-allocation of resources to/from workloads, which encourages a more service-centric way of delivering IT in response to fluctuating business requirements, and a more dynamic approach to operations. It also offers the potential to minimise the “over-provisioning” of resources common today in IT, with consequential cost benefits.

In the short term it is likely that private clouds will start by largely focussing on running virtual x86-server workloads. But an important question often asked is whether you need to, or even should strive to, complete virtualisation and consolidation activity before moving onto tackling private cloud implementation.

This is essentially the theme of our latest survey, and we would love to get your thoughts. We don't necessarily expect you to have a firm view on the absolute answer to the above question (although it's great if you do), so we are going to be taking our usual approach of exploring a more general set of relevant (and hopefully thought-provoking) questions which we will then analyse to derive some insights.

If you're up to helping us out, you can begin by clicking here.

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES
Or helium filling either, according to reports
European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive
Rules 'interfering' measure to be 'invalid'
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure
Storage reseller report reveals who's selling what
Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?
Chicago Mercantile Exchange plans cloud spot exchange
Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?
Biz apps, messaging, photos, email, more storage – sorry, did you think there would be cake?
IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?
I'll leave my arrays to do the hard work, if you don't mind
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.