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Solution Path for Evolving From Server Virtualization to Private Cloud

Published: 19 June 2015

ID: G00272465

Analyst(s): Alan Waite


Evolving existing virtualized infrastructure to an automated and service-oriented private cloud delivers many benefits. This Solution Path outlines the organizational and technical requirements as well as practical steps necessary to architect and build a private cloud solution.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

Solution Path Diagram

What You Need to Know

Solution Path

  • Phase 1 — Standardized
    • 1.1 Organizational: Sponsor and Define
    • 1.2 Governance: Establish and Enforce Standards
    • 1.3 Application Methodology: Create Service Tiers and VM Templates
    • 1.4 Workload Hosting Strategy: Define Hosting Strategy
    • 1.5 Infrastructure Technology: Simplify and Consolidate Infrastructure
  • Phase 2 — Automated
    • 2.1 Organizational: Construct Organization
    • 2.2 Governance: Create a Cloud Strategy Document
    • 2.3 Application Methodology: Automate VM Provisioning
    • 2.4 Workload Hosting Strategy: Migrate Applications to Best Platforms
    • 2.5 Infrastructure Technology: Manage Service Pools
  • Phase 3 — Service-Oriented
    • 3.1 Organizational: Train and Transform
    • 3.2 Governance: Policy-Based Governance
    • 3.3 Application Methodology: Architect Service Orchestration
    • 3.4 Workload Hosting Strategy: Implement CMP and/or Private PaaS
    • 3.5 Infrastructure Technology: Infrastructure Orchestration/SDDC
  • Phase 4 — Hybrid
    • 4.1 Organizational: Broker IT Services
    • 4.2 Governance: Broker Risk Management
    • 4.3 Application Methodology: Integrate Applications, Data and IAM
    • 4.4 Workload Hosting Strategy: Offer Self-Service Provider Management
    • 4.5 Infrastructure Technology: Operate With Agility

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