In a recent report Aberdeen looks at how the growing popularity of private clouds has changed the way that organisations approach server virtualisation and IT services. By implementing the right capabilities, leading organisations utilise private cloud to better provide services and meet organisational needs.
Effective Private Clouds Phase in Richest Features First
Private Cloud Adoption
Private Cloud is a set of tools that brings Public Cloud capabilities into the corporate datacentre, deploying them behind a firewall for the exclusive use of the organisation.
Figure 1 shows that the adoption rate of server virtualisation has slowed over the last few years.
As the use of server virtualisation has reached critical mass, the deployments of Private Cloud have grown quickly.
The rapid adoption of Private Clouds is no surprise, given the quantities and types of benefits they provide deploying organisations.
The Rich Set of Private Cloud Features
The dividing line between server virtualisation and a Private Cloud can be blurred, but generally a Private Cloud is characterised by three sets of features not found in deployments of server virtualisation. These are:
- Increased End-User Involvement in IT Operations
- Improved Operational Efficiency
- Greater Financial Management
Figure 3 shows a full list of Private Cloud features as well as the percentage of respondents that currently have them deployed in their infrastructure.
Most companies phase in different aspects of Private Cloud, with no feature having more than a 58% adoption rate. Individual companies would need to decide for themselves which features can provide the highest positive return as required by the enterprise.
Some of the more popular features are covered in more depth below under the categories of End User Empowerment features and Compute Orchestration features.
End User Empowerment
Figure 4 shows that functions enhancing the end user experience are the most widely developed Private Cloud features.
Together they make up four of the top eight Private Cloud functions.
Compute Orchestration Features
The widest set of Private Cloud functions belongs in this category. Three of the more popular private Cloud features are shown in figure 5 – Operational Dashboards, Compliance Enforcement and Quotas/Metering. Also included in this figure is the Automated Approval feature, which is a Financial Control feature.
Financial Management Features
As shown in Figure 5 only one financial management feature made the list. Private Clouds have the capability to ensure that users are charged only for the exact IT services they consume. The financial management features of Private Cloud, more so than the others, need to be phased in slowly and only with the support of upper management.
Key Takeaway: Private Cloud Features are À la Carte
These eight features (shown in figures 4 and 5) are the most widely deployed by companies that have developed a Private Cloud. If these eight features are implemented in a Private Cloud deployment alone, it will most likely have a positive outcome for the company. However, the option is still available to select other features to deploy based on the perceived needs of the enterprise.
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