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Step #2 for successful cloud brokering: Plan for all types of services

on ‎02-07-2014 12:01 AM

Not all of your services will go to the cloud, so you'll need to determine which services to move there and the timeframe for doing so. You may initially rely on just one type of cloud service, such as public or private IaaS, but as your business needs change, you'll likely want to take advantage of others too. Learn how to go about planning for your cloud services, and what to look out for.

 

Aligning applications

Many companies start with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), typically Virtual Machines used in dev/test environments. But some customers are also thinking beyond IaaS to databases, Disaster Recovery and middleware - all delivered as cloud services.

 

It’s important to get alignment between applications and the right type of cloud. This will require a detailed review or audit of applications, how they are used by the business and requirements for performance and availability. It is possible, even likely, that your IT organization will need to deal with multiple types of clouds and services. Even with IaaS, there are a lot of variations in services (in addition to the differences between public, private and hybrid).

 

Managing a range of environments

Your cloud strategy should reflect this spectrum of possible approaches. One of the core benefits of a new operating model as a cloud service broker is that managing a complete range of environments becomes more seamless for end-users, and easier for IT organizations.

 

Being a cloud service broker does not mean that IT only brokers cloud services. In fact, the cloud service broker model delivers services to LOBs through self-service ordering and a single unified IT operations management toolset that manages across traditional IT, private and public cloud environments.

 

Your cloud management platform should serve as a foundation that allows you to start small—possibly with IaaS, for example—and scale over time using a heterogeneous and modular approach.

 

Learn more

HP’s comprehensive IT Operations Management portfolio of tools can help address data sovereignty issues, with APIs to build own applications and tools in order to your strategy. Find out how HP Cloud management provides support for application, platform and infrastructure services with cloud brokering and heterogeneous environments for a flexible foundation for hybrid clouds today and in the future. Visit hp.com/go/cloudmanagement.

 

With written contribution by Andrew Wahl

 

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Step #1 for successful cloud brokering: Start with a strategic plan

 

 

Collin Chau is Cloud Evangelist (Cloud Automation and Management) at HP.

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