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August 2011 Vol. 2, No. 4

Networker's guide to private cloud orchestration

A private cloud architecture represents a major shift in not only how enterprise data centers are built, but ultimately how IT services are delivered to the end user. Compute, storage and networking form a collective pool of resources that can be tapped directly by the enterprise user. To support this agility, a private cloud needs to be a self-monitoring, self-healing, cohesive infrastructure. Private cloud orchestration tools, such as those available from Joyent, Cloud.com, Platform Computing and Cisco’s newScale, are needed to take over the monitoring and automation components. Private cloud orchestration is like a modern, fly-by-wire aircraft, according to Andre Kindness, senior analyst for enterprise networks at Forrester Research. The plane's flight control system collates thousands of readings from throughout the aircraft, and then it automatically adjusts systems to keep the plane flying. The flight crew steering the aircraft is simply one more set of inputs to the overall system. “Private cloud orchestration needs to ...

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