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August 2011 Vol. 2, No. 4

Developing a private cloud computing strategy for your network

Private cloud computing enjoys almost as much hype as public cloud computing, but it poses just as many challenges ... especially in the network. The idea of using server virtualization to abstract data center resources in order to provision applications and services on the fly is enticing, but the network must keep up with the rapid changes. “From the network perspective, even moving virtual machines across a data center still takes anywhere from five minutes to two days, depending on the systems they are using,” said Andre Kindness, senior analyst with Forrester Research. The networking team faces two considerable challenges in a private cloud environment. First, a data center needs some degree of network automation so that configuration changes happen quickly in response to new services or migrating workloads. Second, the network team needs good virtualization monitoring capabilities that are tied into the rest of the private cloud orchestration system so the team can prevent new and migrating private cloud services from ...

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