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The Path to Private Cloud Starts at Home

Stephen_Spector

grill.PNGImagine you have a fancy outdoor kitchen with a high-end grill, and you want to add a pizza oven to complement the experience. There are foods you can cook in the oven that you wouldn’t fire up on the grill, and vice versa. But you wouldn’t necessarily use your grill any less, just because you added an oven. It’s a similar scenario for enterprise organizations that already have a robust IT infrastructure and are investing in private cloud.

As enterprise clients plan for private cloud, they often overlook the value of existing IT infrastructure. Instead of turning to hardware already on hand, they spend more money on resources they may not even need. It’s a vicious cycle, but it doesn’t have to happen to you.

Waste Not, Want Not in Private Cloud Endeavors

If your organization is considering building a private cloud, then it might make sense to start with what you already own. After all, you probably spent a lot of money on the hardware (and possibly more exertion getting it approved through finance). If you can maximize the investments you’ve already made, then you free up resources for other “additions” you may need later on.

Once you have a private cloud in place, then you can start to move workloads between the cloud and your on-premises IT infrastructure. You can scale your cloud resources up and down more efficiently, leveraging the existing hardware to save money rather than exhaust it.

With so much happening in cloud these days, it can be tempting to buy your way to better capabilities. But the truth is, what you’ve got at home may have just as much potential to give you a strategic advantage with private cloud as the bright, shiny objects.

For more information on cloud considerations, head over to HPE Cloud Solutions.

For private cloud software you can use with AWS, get the Eucalyptus FastStart download.

Senior Manager, Cloud Online Marketing
About the Author

Stephen_Spector

I manage the HPE Helion social media and website teams promoting the enterprise cloud solutions at HPE for hybrid, public, and private clouds. I was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and Xen.org at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, I founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow me at @SpectorID

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