Making the move to a private cloud

How a private cloud can make your enterprise future-ready

Regardless of your organization’s size, transitioning certain parts of your IT infrastructure to a private cloud is a realistic, and likely beneficial, part of your strategy to make your enterprise ready to handle increasing demands. A private cloud opens the way to agility in the data center, more efficient use of hardware, improved scalability, increased reliability, standardized OS builds and more efficient use of IT hours. It helps enhance IT’s value to the business by enabling productivity, competitive advantage and increased customer service.

Your path to the cloud

The benefits of cloud begin with a few key building blocks. Some are likely already part of your IT’s infrastructure, but must be applied correctly to succeed.


Provides platform building blocks

Systems management

Bridges IT capabilities and business need

Management and governance

Enables cloud-as-a-service


On par with the more expensive public cloud provider

Automation and self-service options

Facilitates application agility

How to build a future-ready cloud:

1. Put virtualization’s power to work
Many organizations already have a key cloud element in place in their data center – virtualization. Your first step to private cloud implementation is to leverage the industry-standard architectures that support advanced virtualization.


Consider converged infrastructure. Modular, standards-based building blocks of compute, storage and networking make it easier to scale quickly and control costs.

2. Establish integrated infrastructure management
A well-planned virtualized environment is a crucial first step toward private cloud – but a combination of technology function and business logic gives a private cloud purpose.


Get organizational input. Talk with all stakeholders to uncover problems and map technologies to desired business outcomes.


Integrate business logic into IT systems. Look for management platforms that include workload-specific templates to automate the IT lifecycle. Dell Active System Manager enables on-demand discovery and deployment.

3. Enable application agility
Today, end users expect instant, on-demand service from their clouds. The best way to prevent ungoverned, risky cloud users and “shadow IT” is to pro-actively support the on-demand capability users demand.


Implement service catalogs that create a suite of services that leverage automatic and key business logic.


Secure cloud access. Give your users browser-based access to internal and cloud-based web applications while enhancing security and IT efficiency. Consider Dell Access Manager or Dell One Identity As a Service.

4. Maintain visibility and governance
Pervasive visibility into operations, applications and costs is crucial to run a truly efficient private cloud. But it isn’t easy. Functional silos can limit visibility, and some services don’t provide much monitoring capabilities to start with.


Centralize cloud management. Dell Cloud Manager gives insight into applications whether they are provisioned privately or on a public cloud.


Monitor application performance. Dell Foglight software gives you continuous insight into the end-user experience across multiple technologies.

Build a future-ready private cloud

The flexibility of private cloud allows it to change to suit your business’s needs. They allow you add scale, support a specific function and rapidly meet changing business requirements. But many IT pros are finding private cloud should become part of a hybrid cloud strategy, and so, you should build your technology to accommodate the inevitable merging of on- and off-premise cloud worlds.


Consider a Dell Cloud Solution powered by Intel® to supplement your secure private clouds with public cloud capacity during temporary spikes in demand. Dell hybrid clouds combine private-cloud security with public-cloud capacity as needed — without exposing your data and processes.


Dell can help you match the right application with the right cloud infrastructure. Know your IT costs and control your path to the future by becoming your own Chief Cloud Officer. Intel Inside®. Powerful Solution Outside.

Source: Cloud Comparison: Microsoft private cloud on the Intel-powered Dell solution vs. a leading public cloud provider – a Principled Technologies Tech Report commissioned by Dell Inc. August 2014.


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