Private cloud—as an approach to IT operations—calls for organizations to transform their data centers, including the network. Using strategic points of control to aggregate and dynamically provision IT resources can help organizations meet network-related challenges and move past the hype to successfully build, deploy, and secure private clouds.
This paper examines four key private cloud goals – self-service IT, automation and orchestration, transitioning to a hybrid model, and virtualization of the network – and the common network-related challenges that must be met and overcome. These challenges include:
- Enabling a self-service infrastructure
- Integrating with provisioning and orchestration engines
- Codifying department policies
- Supporting inter-cloud architectures
- Ensuring operational consistency
- Addressing topological dependencies
Understanding these challenges - and their solutions - will enable organizations to chart a less perilous path toward successful implementation. In particular, the readiness of the network in terms of service-enablement, integration, and automation are paramount to architecting a flexible but reliable foundation upon which cloud models can be based.