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5 Keys to Enterprise Cloud Computing

................................com/EnterpriseCloud powered by ..................................................................2 Limitations of the Public Cloud ...............................................................................................1 5 Keys to Enterprise Clouds ...................6 Conclusion ..............................................................3 Cloud Economics......Contents Introduction .......................................................5 InstantOnTM Solutions .............................................................................................................7 carpathiahosting...4 Enterprise Cloud ..............................................................................................................

1 Introduction Cloud computing. to software as a service.com/EnterpriseCloud powered by . But what is it? Gaining agreement on the definition of cloud computing in the tech industry is approaching the level of a religious war. to a systems architecture abstracted from physical location and ownership. with definitions running the gamut -. follows the personal computer and Internet “revolutions” and is already transforming the way we think about computing. carpathiahosting.describing everything from simple shared infrastructure. sometimes referred to as the “third revolution” in the IT industry. to pay-as-you-go computing power and storage space.

portal.com/EnterpriseCloud powered by . Key #3 – Architected for hybrid computing.com®. enterprises rarely experience these kinds of patterns. enterprise grade virtual appliances and full visibility into the lifecycle of IT applications running in the cloud. Key #2 – Enterprise-grade support. The under-utilized resources—largely idle for the rest of the year—represented a huge opportunity cost for the company. Quite simply. In Amazon’s case. the solution should be able to support private networking. the poster child for this kind of usage. Support for private cloud Enterprise cloud services Key #1 .2 T he cloud concept represents a fundamental shift in computing. Architected for hybrid computing. Customer support services typically offered with traditional managed services (i. providing a platform for agile and cost-effective business applications and IT infrastructure.Designed for Production-ready Applications Enterprises seeking to use cloud solutions. While these extreme use cases of cloud computing show the power of the model for content providers and highly seasonal businesses. 2. new forms of content and new applications are key drivers of the need for dynamically allocated. must choose a cloud solution that is engineered for production-ready applications. It is no longer feasible to pre-provision to account for the peaks of demand. blending cloud with dedicated hosting. Enterprise cloud solutions must also be architected to support a hybrid carpathiahosting. which led to the development of Amazon Web Services™. scalable compute resources. 5 Keys to Enterprise Clouds 1. Amazon. trouble ticketing and access to solution engineers that can help build a cloud solution. cloud computing is the convergence of virtualization technology and utility-based billing. billing and support. 5. billing and accountability Most public cloud solutions are based on credit-card billing models with no ability to generate monthly invoices or detailed billing information around resource utilization. 3. Most public cloud solutions assume applications are deployed on a simple network with minimal security. providing a platform for agile and cost-effective business applications and IT infrastructure. Enterprise-grade provisioning. New traffic patterns.whether in their own corporate datacenter or in a 3rd-party hosting facility. Ultimately. The cloud concept represents a fundamental shift in computing.. infrastructure was optimized to handle the surge in retail traffic from Black Friday through the New Year. really created the cloud computing movement as we know it today. 4. compliance and IT accountability. Microsoft® Windows® Azure™ and others provide access to their compute resources using a pay-as-you-go model that creates financial value around their previously under-utilized IT assets. Now Amazon. blending cloud with dedicated hosting All enterprises have dedicated infrastructure . 24/7/365) should be a natural extension of enterprise cloud solutions. Designed for production-ready enterprise applications. Enterprises demand a greater degree of financial and operational accountability where traditional billing controls and payment terms/conditions are part of the solution. These services include 800# support.e.

virtual storage. virtual compute. which allows two or more machines to communicate in isolation.such as 800 numbers.3 computing model that combines cloud/virtual infrastructure and dedicated infrastructure in a single solution. With significant commercial and federal customers. simply one line on the buyer’s credit card. basically everyone is on the same network. carpathiahosting. Common themes Carpathia Hosting has heard from its customers include: • AuThEnTICATIOn / uSEr ACCESS MOdELS Public clouds assume one person in each organization has full control over all operations. In the public cloud. etc. Carpathia Hosting has gained a lot of insight into what customers think about using public clouds for their own production-ready applications. and customers want a human to talk to directly. enabling dynamic provisioning of resources to meet the workloads of the enterprise to provide cloud-bursting. Limitations of the Public Cloud Over the last 24 months. This begins with the network and the ability to securely interconnect cloud and dedicated resources by extending to the orchestration layer. Enterprise cloud services should include at a minimum: virtual networking. • vIrTuAL MAChInES Or vIrTuAL EnvIrOnMEnTS? Private networking. These solutions make use of the same technology as Carpathia’s InstantOn™ cloud allowing customers to move workloads between private cloud and InstantOn solutions. trouble-ticketing systems. virtual disaster recovery. those running on the Citrix® XenServer® platform offer significant savings over a VMware®-based solution (typically a quarter of the cost) while still providing enterprise grade virtualization with full support. DIACAP. To enforce security controls. HIPAA and PCI. Key #4 – Private clouds Private clouds allow enterprise customers full control over their IT platform. enterprises and federal agencies have begun evaluating cloud technology and not surprisingly. Twitter and other new methods work great for non-mission critical apps. most public clouds recommend sharing accounts. To allow multiple people to collaborate on a single cloud deployment. This is the underpinning of enterprise architectures and used to define traditionally-hosted security domains and boundaries. you need to do so with local firewalling in each virtual machine’s operating system. virtual development and test and compliant clouds that meet key federal and commercial compliance standards including FISMA. is something taken for granted in every traditionally hosted environment. there is no invoicing in the traditional sense. Key #5 – Enterprise Cloud Services Choosing an enterprise cloud provider that provides actual services on their cloud infrastructure will significantly decrease the time to deployment and increase scale and stability. Forums. • CuSTOMEr SErvICE Enterprises are looking for more traditional ways to interact with customer service -. have come to the conclusion that public cloud as we know it today is not a viable solution for core enterprise IT infrastructure. • InvOICIng / bILLIng Often. For example. but overlay a SLA or revenue generating solution.com/EnterpriseCloud powered by . Enterprises and federal customers especially are looking for much more than a credit card swipe to support production environments.

400 per month for the same amount of storage. Before moving to the cloud. The cloud makes more sense in situations where you need to grow in smaller increments or to scale up and down to meet the peaks and troughs of customer usage. This is a good financial use case for a hybrid solution of dedicated and cloud resources.000 a month. a ROI was created to highlight immediate savings. Many content providers have looked at simple storage solutions like those provided by public cloud providers. InstantOn™. however. The issue? The model was built on a per CPU hour basis. and you are quickly closer to $5. performance and availability.this comes in at $4.lets say 30TB -. Because of the application architecture. etc. Paying 15 cents per GB sounds like a great value if you are purchasing in small increments. cooling. if you are able to commit to a larger block of storage -. See www.4 • MOnITOrIng. miscellaneous charges for access to the data. a customer moved its financial support system to a public cloud provider from an internally hosted solution. These challenges have driven the development of our own 2nd generation enterprise cloud solution. the customer wasn’t able to switch off virtual machines – thus driving the cost up – and exposing one of the significant challenges of this approach. the first billing statement was received.800 . Cloud Economics Cloud is not always the most economical solution to IT problems. For example. Another good example of how cloud economics can break down is storage.WhatIsInstantOn. the person deploying solutions is on the hook to provide service management. customers would expect to pay $1. These are just a few of the challenges Carpathia Hosting has heard from customers who are adopting or evaluating cloud solutions. In a hosted environment assuming some degree of redundancy in storage. and the cloud costs were 45% more than the internally calculated costs.$2. The model was extremely complete and took into account power. TICKETIng And SErvICE MAnAgEMEnT In the public cloud. Enterprise customers running production applications demand service management delivered as part of the solution and expect the contents of the virtual machines to be monitored for health. One month into the project. In this case. carpathiahosting.500 per month! Add in bandwidth charges for access to the data. you can commit to a specific amount of resources (be they compute or storage).com/EnterpriseCloud powered by .com to find out more about Carpathia Hosting’s hybrid approach to dedicated hosting and cloud computing. as a customer. The cloud makes more sense in situations where you need to grow in smaller increments or to scale up and down to meet the peaks and troughs of customer usage. If. buying managed dedicated can often be more effective. dedicated has much higher I/O rates. However.

Let’s start with the facility. Sure. group or application. The need for extreme elasticity is rarely included in the workloads of an enterprise. InstantOn V2 is hosted in two SAS70 Type II facilities. SAS70 Type II is the “must-have” certification for all hosting companies. we get a little more insight into the characteristics that become more important for an enterprise vs. etc. wants to avoid capital expense.com/EnterpriseCloud powered by . cloud on-boarding is something enterprises are coming to expect. Additionally. the enterprise needs to add a new feature (e. etc. potential savings. blueprints created and run books produced. and web servers via vlans/virtual switches. but when it comes to moving applications and data to the cloud. Sharing the auditor’s opinions of these controls is something enterprises often demand. needs it up quickly. If we take a look at enterprise workloads. understanding the ROI. do a trial with a new software solution.g. enterprises are looking for consulting and professional services.” which an auditor could review and pass. once a month having some extra horsepower to close the books is great. a company needing a development environment for a few months to build out a new version of an app. but it’s not an hour-by-hour swing of multiples of the environment we might see from a social media site.0/developer customer. etc. SAS70 Type II is the “musthave” certification for all hosting companies. Having great API’s and web UI’s. It’s basically a definition of a set of controls and an auditor’s review and opinion on those controls. is fine. Grouping allows architecture to be defined. There is also the need for short-term project-based solutions (e.g. Many enterprise cloud deployments are “project”-based — that is. they need more than just a flat pool of virtual machines. Very few public cloud providers offer this level of transparency. They need help understanding what should move and what should remain on dedicated infrastructure.such as loadbalancers . They also look for “topology” in that virtual appliances .) When enterprises do take the plunge.5 Enterprise Cloud Carpathia Hosting developed InstantOn to meet the needs of customers as they experienced challenges on-boarding applications to public clouds. InstantOn V2 is hosted in two SAS70 Type II facilities. It’s basically a definition of a set of controls and an auditor’s review and opinion on those controls. A control could be as simple as “we lock the datacenter door. a 2. They look for a higher-level construct. They want the same degree of isolation they have with today’s dedicated infrastructure. CRM).need to connect to firewalls. carpathiahosting. building a migration strategy and developing a DR plan – all key items an enterprise looks for when embracing the cloud.

carpathiahosting. These solutions can be deployed in minutes to create the agility required for today’s IT. Disaster Recovery Development Test Cloud Orchestration Desktop *Virtual CLOUD SOLUTIONS Virtual Networking Virtual Compute Virtual Storage *Q2 2010 CLOUD FOUNDATION InstantOn also has a number of cloud solutions available.6 InstantOnTM Solutions Carpathia cloud architects can help design a solution that meets your business and financial demands. • vIrTuAL nETwOrKIng Networking solutions to support virtual compute and storage allowing InstantOn to be deployed in enterprise configurations taking advantage of solutions like Citrix® Netscaler® VPX™. InstantOn uses Citrix® XenServer™ 5. • vIrTuAL COMPuTE On-demand computing services for both simple virtual machines and complex topologies including connections to existing dedicated infrastructure in a secure manner. Storage can be shared between multiple virtual machines and dedicated servers with multiple copies of each object. Storage is provided in redundant configuration that is persistent after virtual machines are stopped.5 hypervisor providing industrial level technology and support for virtualization. Combines the advantages of cloud technology such as dynamic scaling and instant provisioning and a fully managed environment. this ever-expanding list is focused on common enterprise IT challenges. storage and networking building blocks and construct a solution. • PrIvATE CLOud Or PrIvATE vIrTuAL dATACEnTErS Virtual Compute and Storage solutions deployed in a private or reserved deployment. we can take cloud compute. Using our cloud foundation.com/EnterpriseCloud powered by . • vIrTuAL STOrAgE Object and block storage solutions designed to support enterprise compute requirements.

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