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5 easy steps to building cloud success

JudyRedman ‎08-08-2011 11:13 AM - edited ‎08-08-2011 11:15 AM

man on stairs.jpgYou’ve decided to start considering cloud computing for your IT organization. With so many vendors offering so many solutions, where do you start? You want the cloud to help you better meet business objectives. The question is how to accomplish those goals while improving manageability, ensuring security, and maintaining—or, preferably, accelerating—business performance? The best way is to start with a clear plan for your overall IT delivery strategy and avoid a scattershot, uncoordinated approach that can do more harm than good. Start with a comprehensive plan and then use modular building blocks and a step-by-step approach and you will have a better chance of building a fully automated cloud solution. 


Step 1: Standardize, consolidate, and virtualize infrastructure 

One proven first step is for you to begin standardizing, consolidating, and virtualizing your infrastructure to eliminate high-cost islands and silos.


Step 2:  Standardize management tools and processes

By standardardizing your management tools and processes, you make your cloud journey easier. In addition to standardizing your tools and processes, you need to think about the people in your organization. Will some need training to adapt to a cloud or hybrid IT environment? 


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Step 3:  Automate, standardize services  Make sure you select a cloud solution with intelligent resource management that automates the optimal allocation of private and public cloud resources to help ensure that cost, performance, and compliance goals are  achievable, based on your company’s defined business policies. You need a solution that not only provisions the raw infrastructure but also automates the complete application lifecycle so that you can provision in days rather than the weeks that traditional approaches can require. 



Step 4:  Aggregate services from many sources

Be sure the solution you choose will allow you to build, package, and provision cloud services through a unified service catalog.  A service catalog permits services to be sourced from on-premise assets or the public domain without you having to know, or care, where the services originate.


Step 5:  Become a service broker

With the right solution, you can move your IT department from being a service provider to being a service broker.  Instead of “rip and replace,” a systematic methodology provides a simpler way to transform your data center with workload-optimized systems that include common lifecycle management, single-button updates, and scaling to any size.


One thing to remember is that you don’t need to start with step one and go all the way to step five.  Some organizations are perfectly fine with advancing through the first couple of steps in the cloud maturity model without any need to move further up. 


A modular, step-by-step approach can provide you low-cost, pooled, on-premises or third-party computing assets from private, public or hybrid cloud services and help you become a true IT services broker.  Following this methodology will provide you with unified delivery across cloud and traditional IT environments and give you the ability to support all types of clouds.  Read the white paper, Start small, grow tall: why cloud now, for more information on building a cloud via HP CloudSystem


This white paper, Finding the right cloud solutions for your organization, might also be of interest to you. For more information on the complete HP cloud offerings, from transformation services, consumable public cloud services and a suite of management software, visit 






About the Author


Judy Redman has been writing about all areas of technology for more than 20 years.

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