When most people talk about cloud computing, they are referring to a cloud service hosted by a third party service provider, however, the term cloud can also mean building this type of infrastructure internally – aka a private cloud. In either case the goals are usually to gain greater flexibility, more elastic scalability, faster time to service or lower capital or operational costs.

However, many organizations choose to implement some form of hybrid cloud model, with services being consumed from both on-premise and off-premise solutions. One strategy would be to use public cloud services for development and test or less-critical applications while moving mission critical apps to an in-house cloud.

In other cases the primary motivation for a hybrid cloud approach is the augmentation of computing resources, especially when demand for resources fluctuates over time. In both scenarios organizations need to bridge on-premise and off-premise infrastructure and may need to move applications between public and private cloud environments.

Read the Building Hybrid Clouds Solution Brief.

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Use public cloud services for development and test or less-critical applications, while moving mission critical apps to a private cloud.

 

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Challenges

When implementing a private cloud or hybrid cloud service, companies want to be able to use their existing hardware infrastructure rather than have to purchase new equipment. Therefore you should ensure that your cloud management software does not limit your choice of hardware but rather supports a range of vendor equipment.

Another important consideration is whether target applications can run in a virtualized server environment. Databases or applications that are performance-intensive may not run well in a virtual machine. Private and hybrid clouds need to be able to provision full physical servers in order to support the breadth of applications an organization needs, while still retaining the flexibility and automation that cloud services provide.

Solution

Egenera Cloud Suite software, which includes PAN Manager, PAN Domain Manager and PAN Cloud Director, is an ideal tool for building private or hybrid clouds. Egenera Cloud Suite cloud management software lets you implement and manage a flexible, manageable and highly available cloud service that users want, and can support the range of applications your business depends on. Whether you are building a private cloud or a hybrid model, Egenera Cloud Suite takes care of managing the underlying infrastructure while delivering high availability and DR out of the box.

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