Four Rules to Create Effective Cloud and Virtualization Deployments

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Both cloud computing and virtualization will continue to advance within this industry. More organizations are able to jump on this type of platform since both the hardware and software are becoming more affordable. Solutions revolving around these types of technologies will become more prevalent and help more environments with their IT and organizational goals.

IDC recently took a look at the worldwide virtual client computing (VCC) market. And, it’s clearly still an evolving world. “Balancing the requirement for increased governance and control over corporate information with the need to empower business users with the modern technologies they need to be productive is opening the door to increased VCC adoption in the enterprise. For OS, application, and VCC software suppliers, the new multi-device reality should increase the shift toward a user-centric model,” said Robert Young, research manager, End Point Device and IT Service Management service and Cloud and Virtualization System Software research.

Very recently, IDC’s Worldwide Cloud Infrastructure Tracker indicated that the total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 18.9% in 2016 to reach $38.2 billion. And, spending on public cloud IT infrastructure will increase by 14.1% in 2016 to $24.4 billion.

IDC further shows that from a geographic perspective, investments in cloud IT infrastructure will grow across all regions. As cloud service providers continue to expand their portfolio of offerings and customer reach, the public cloud segment will deliver the highest rate of IT spending growth in a majority of regions compared to private cloud and non-cloud environments.

In the long-term forecast, IDC expects that spending on IT infrastructure for cloud environments will grow at a 12.5% five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to $57.8 billion in 2020.

“For the majority of corporate and public organizations, IT is not a core business but rather an enabler for their core businesses and operations,” said Natalya Yezhkova, Research Director, Storage Systems. “Expansion of cloud offerings creates new opportunities for these businesses to focus efforts on core competences while leveraging the flexibility of service-based IT.”

With all of this in mind – it’s critical to look at cloud and virtualization from a holistic perspective. So, when working with the cloud, some of the most important takeaways include:

  • Plan around security. This goes without saying. One of the first points around cloud and virtualization planning must be security. There are powerful security mechanisms which allow for granular visibility into both cloud and on premise systems. As spending on cloud and data center infrastructure grows – security must stay closely enabled. New security systems help integrate cloud and virtualization under one management plane. This helps create better visibility into users, data, and workloads.
  • Deploy efficiency. Efficiency systems are also those which can scale and keep up with business demands. These are also system which carefully work around resources requirements. When deploying cloud and virtualization systems – organizations must plan around business optimization and control. There will be more reliance on IT systems; and these systems must be able to scale and operate effectively. Remember, efficiency help businesses stay competitive, and IT environments remain agile.
  • Be proactive. Analytics, big data, and business intelligence systems are helping organizations aggregate critical data points to make better business and IT decisions. You’ll be able to visualize data flow, where users are interacting with data, and how to optimize the flow of key workloads. Being proactive around cloud and virtualization management allows IT teams to plant seeds for the business; rather than have to constantly put out fires. Furthermore, these systems also help aggregate security and infrastructure logs. From there, you can make powerful decisions around business, IT, and even security requirements.
  • Always innovate. There are so many new technologies coming out to support advanced cloud and virtualization functions. It’s critical to always keep an eye on these technologies and understand how they can positively impact entire data center. New platforms around automation and orchestration help create transparent cloud systems capable of meeting some of the most challenging business demands. Remember, cloud and virtualization allow the business to innovate at the pace of software. And, ultimately this helps create a more efficiency business model and greater competitive advantages.

Moving forward, look to the cloud to help with numerous different types of projects. Whether it’s application delivery or full VDI – both virtualization and cloud computing can help align IT goals with business requirements.

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About The Author

Bill Kleyman

Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies

Bill is an enthusiastic technologist with experience in datacenter design, management, and deployment. His architecture work includes large virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Bill enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues around everything that is technology. During the day, Bill is the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, where he interacts with enterprise organizations and helps align IT strategies with direct business goals. Bill’s whitepapers, articles, video blogs and podcasts have been published and referenced on InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Data Center Knowledge, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and many others. Most recently, Bill was ranked #16 in the Onalytica study which reviewed the top 100 most influential individuals in the cloud landscape, globally.

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