Here are 2 things about private clouds that may surprise you:
1) A private cloud is a lot more than just a collection of virtualized servers.
Virtualizing servers is actually just a first step toward creating a private cloud. The other steps involve virtualizing every resource: not just compute, but also storage and networking.
Then you can add intelligent automation and orchestration to create a software-defined infrastructure (SDI). Such an SDI can continuously adapt to changes in workload demand and infrastructure conditions, and with just the push of a button. Then you add a self-service portal, so anyone in the company can request compute resources without needing help from an IT admin. And you have a private cloud.
2) Private clouds aren’t only for big companies anymore.
Until pretty recently, private clouds were too complex for any but the biggest corporations with the biggest data centers, backed by the biggest IT budgets.
No more. Now private clouds are within reach of medium-sized organizations. And the benefits for your customers can be pretty attractive. They include:
> Agility: respond quickly to market changes.
> Service deployments: accelerate the launch of new apps from weeks to minutes.
> New revenue: from new, customer-facing digital services.
> IT infrastructure costs: lowered with CapEx, labor, power, operating costs.
> Performance: plan around the infrastructure resources your customers need, not the resources they’re sharing.
> Security and Compliance: gain more control, and depend less on third parties.
Even better, these potential benefits have IT buyers reaching for their wallets.
Spending on IT infrastructure for on-premises private cloud deployments will grow this year by nearly 17 percent, predicts market watcher IDC. By comparison, IDC adds, spending this year on traditional, non-cloud IT infrastructure will decline, and by an expected 3 percent.
Which end of this market would you rather serve?
Another benefit of private clouds is the ability to offer IT services on a self-serve basis.
When your customers’ end users need an IT resource — say, so many units of storage — the no longer need to put in a formal request from their IT group. With a private cloud, users can instead simply allocate it themselves, picking and clicking from an easy-to-use menu.
One in 4 organizations will support self-service IT this year, predicts IDC. And by 2020, according to Intel’s estimates, up to 85 percent of all applications will be delivered via cloud infrastructures. In other words, this is a growth market.
An easier path to private cloud
Intel has recently partnered with OnApp, a leading supplier of cloud-management software. That means you can participate in this fast-growing market.
OnApp’s solution brings the simplicity and convenience of the public cloud to the data center. It does so quickly, without weeks of development, and at a cost your midsized customers can easily manage.
This solution starts with an Intel server chassis powered by Intel Xeon processors. Then it adds OnApp’s software orchestration, including virtualization management, software-defined storage and user management. All that in one turnkey solution.
For your customers, there are 4 main benefits. One, this private cloud can be deployed in mere hours. Two, it’s cheap, less than a third the price of other comparable clouds. Three, it’s intuitive, making it easy to deploy, manage and use. And four, it’s both scalable and flexible.
Surprised? That's the power of the private cloud. To learn more, check out the Intel/OnApp turnkey private cloud.