Top challenges in moving to a private cloud- part 2
Most IT departments know that transitioning to a private cloud is tough. An article from Gartner revealed how tough it really is. According to Gartner, 95% of private clouds face serious issues from getting too little out of the cloud to using the wrong technologies. 95% is a whopping number, so what exactly are the reasons behind this remarkable level of failure?
In the part 1 of this post, we discussed some fundamental challenges that make it difficult for cloud projects to even get off the ground. Let us take a closer look at some more challenges that plague private cloud initiatives and make the transition so difficult.
Operational Visibility and Data Security
Issues that are common to the public cloud such as poor visibility of traffic and activity, security problems, etc. are true for the private cloud too. While in a public cloud, the cloud provider is responsible for addressing these issues, they become your responsibility when you build a private cloud. Public cloud providers, with cloud as their core business, have a skilled workforce with tons of experience in datacenter operations, IT infrastructure, and security. They have fine-tuned strategies up their sleeves to operate and monitor the numerous layers of the cloud stack. Most enterprises lack the same level of expertise in their staff. Moreover, in a private cloud, it becomes difficult to track traffic flowing between virtual machines and application instances since this traffic does not flow through a physical wire and is completely invisible to traditional monitoring tools. This kind of traffic and activity makes up more than eighty percent of the total traffic in a virtualized data center and ends up creating a gigantic blind spot for IT. Such blind spots can cause major security issues for enterprises. Additionally, due to the dynamic nature of private clouds, it becomes difficult to ensure data security across the virtual machine layer, backup layer, and disaster recovery layer using traditional techniques for preventing data loss.
Disaster recovery in private cloud becomes a costly affair the moment you need a second site. A single site is economical for a private cloud. But add a second site, network, replication tools and everything else that is needed for disaster recovery and your costs start skyrocketing. Moreover, you need really smart people to operate this setup, irrespective of which tool you pick.
Assembling a cloud infrastructure stack from existing resources comprising of hypervisors, networking components, and storage and getting them to interoperate with each other seamlessly is not an easy task by any means. To enable a successful cloud implementation, enterprises need a unified solution that makes private cloud easy to install as well as operate while providing clear visibility into its infrastructure. The solution also needs to address the problem of limited datacenter size by providing public cloud as an extension.
Accelerite has developed Rovius Cloud with all these challenges in mind. Rovius Cloud makes creating and running a cloud very simple. Rovius Cloud takes your existing servers and storage and gives you a private cloud in minutes. It also bursts seamlessly into public clouds. Take Rovius Cloud for a spin today.