5 Can’t-Miss Tips for Building Your Private Business Cloud

Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Business Technology [ 0 Comments ]

private business cloudUnderstating the top 5 tips for building your private cloud is important if you want to get the most out of private cloud computing.  And, nowadays, public, private, and hybrid cloud computing solutions are readily available.

However, building your own private cloud is the best decision because, although it costs more than using a public or hybrid cloud service, it gives you the opportunity to install and run your own servers and storage hardware.

This means unmatched flexibility to deploy new applications and shift workloads among servers. Public and hybrid cloud services are unable to offer this advantage.

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Building Your Private Cloud

Building a private cloud computing model enables you to have enhanced security and scalability, which has always been a concern for businesses working within the cloud space. Here are the tips for building such a model.

  1. Create Your Own Strategy: Since specific privacy, security, and functional obstacles must be considered when creating a private cloud strategy, involving your business partners and staff is crucial to making sure that the solution works well for your company. Enlisting the services of an IT professional capable of transferring your business data to the new structure is another essential point.
  1. Consider the Hardware Infrastructure: A private cloud computing infrastructure can consist of one or more physical systems. When experimenting with and evaluating a potential new configuration, install the new structure on only one system. If the solution is suitable for your business, then consider topological recommendations regarding front-end, controller, and node controller configurations. The best idea is to opt for a scalable infrastructure that permits you to add or remove various hardware components.
  1. Select Topologies: Regardless of the private cloud strategy you choose to follow, there are different ways to implement it. You can opt for “traditional” implementation on one or more servers (CLC/WS3/CC/SC/NC), or for custom solutions geared to your performance needs. For instance, if you need more storage capacity than processing power, outfit your machines with more components with large storage capacity.
  1. Design Your Network: Your decision regarding the network should include consideration of availability and security. Usually, having multiple clusters running in the same broadcast domain results in undesirable interferences. Therefore, experts recommend running each cluster in a separate domain.

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  1. Installation in a Virtual Environment: Installation in a virtual environment is typically required to test the scalability options of your private cloud solution. In a virtual environment, you can scale out a cluster, add clusters and node controllers, and correct specific operations if something goes wrong.

It may feel overwhelming to try to understand the ins and outs of the cloud, especially when not having enough knowledge about building one. If you feel unsure and nervous about building your own cloud, it may be a good idea to use a professional. Good luck!

Bio: Timothy Wightman is CEO/President of Effective Data in Schaumburg, IL.  Effective Data is a worldwide EDI provider and a leader in EDI consulting and data integration.


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