5 Keys to Enterprise Cloud Computing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3900 Toll Free: 1. unless otherwise noted. enterprise cloud is a little more than “enterprises using the cloud”.9494. delivering secure. secure.703. the battle for the cloud would be over. visit www.200. All companies and/or products mentioned in this document are registered or trademarked by their respective organizations. MPX™ and Citrix Cloud Center™. The cloud isn’t one size fits all — if it was. To support mission critical workloads. InstantOn.com/EnterpriseCloud Citrix®.carpathiahosting.703. Pay for cloud resources on-demand during DR testing and DR events. carpathiahosting. and may be registered in the U. Carpathia Hosting is a leading provider of managed hosting services. Contact Carpathia Hosting at 1.com for more information. Suite 200 Ashburn. Carpathia’s suite of services is designed for organizations seeking scalable. VPX™.7 • COMPLIAnT CLOud Designed to meet government IT standards including FISMA and DIACAP. Carpathia Hosting qualifies as a small business. Private Hosted Cloud Compliant Cloud SPECIALIZED CLOUDS Cloud Orchestration Virtual Networking Virtual Compute Virtual Storage CLOUD FOUNDATION Conclusion As we’ve seen here. Founded in 2003.200.997. forcing them into a cloud solution that meets the service providers requirements to scale and manage their own standardized cloud offering. • vIrTuAL dEvELOPMEnT & TEST Virtual Compute and Storage solutions designed specifically for test labs for easy deployment and promotion into production at a dramatically lower price-point than deploying dedicated development and test lab environments. reliable and compliant IT infrastructure and management for some of the world’s most demanding enterprises and federal agencies. SSL VPN for management access and inter/intra virtual machine firewalling. process and technology. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners. managed services and cloud computing. Carpathia Hosting is a growing.9494 Fax: 1. NetScaler®. CORPORATE: 43480 Yukon Drive.S. Carpathia Hosting consistently delivers an experience that exceeds customers’ expectations. profitable business run by a seasoned management team with deep experience in delivering enterprise hosting solutions including colocation. For more information on Carpathia Hosting’s unique enterprise cloud solution. The inclusion of third party products does not infer endorsement by these parties. • vIrTuAL dISASTEr rECOvEry Replicated data ensures you have a current offsite copy of mission critical information at a fraction of the cost of traditional disaster recovery solutions. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries.888. and are trademarks of Citrix Systems. Enhancements include RSA authentication.840.com/EnterpriseCloud powered by . and/or one or more of its subsidiaries.carpathiahosting.888. The key is for an enterprise to define its requirements and seek out a cloud service provider that will work with a customer to architect and implement the right solution vs. XenServer™. Backed by its E3 Promise. Inc. Virginia 20147 Voice:1. There is plenty of room for innovation in the enterprise cloud realm. robust and enterprise-grade hosting solutions that can be quickly provisioned or tailored to meet unique requirements.5577 References to other products are made to show compatibility. or visit www. enterprises look for the right blend of people.

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