Private cloud design has been heavily forecast with the growing demand for co-location, expanding storage scale and optimum flexibility in cloud computing. Businesses are moving from the traditional data-center architecture to custom-designed platforms for ultimate flexibility in performance and scalability.

Joe Onisik wrote in Network Computing:

“In order to produce flexible pools of resources to support a changing environment of applications and services, the environment must be designed from the ground up with that in mind. Compute, network and storage must be designed with scale and performance first and foremost in mind.” 

Clearly the digital climate has changed drastically just in the last few months, and the wise IT service provider is designing for current trend demands with an eye (and structural adaptation provision) towards the forecast of cloud formations to come.  Private Cloud design is a significant redirection of co-location protocols, providing custom-designed computer operations within third-party host housing.  The following elements of design for a Private Cloud are based on Rick Parker’s 7 Steps to Private Cloud Design as written in Enterprise

  1. Cloud-computing Teams “under the direction of a supervising cloud architect.”
  2. Hosting servers
  3. Flexible and custom-built data-center infrastructure
  4. Virtualized networking with multiple ports for architecture expansion as needed
  5. Storage solutions “focus[ed] on IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) rather than capacity
  6. Virtual infrastructure to support maximum virtual networking capability
  7. End-user self-provisioning

Ingenuity and creativity are the operative words for private cloud design. IT is being called to rethink the very design principles it established in the beginning. Two new principles have emerged as a litmus test for this new creative process:

  1. There is no “best practices” Cloud computing is a brave new world of computer technology, so don’t look back for proven guidelines – they are still being written.
  2. Before you buy, ask “Why?” Don’t be afraid to challenge previous conventions, methodologies, formulas, tools, etc. Use what you know about Private Cloud computing to ask yourself what you need to make the design work.

In a sense, it’s like starting over.

Right now, private clouds are still forming, shaped by leading IT service providers customizing to meet the scale and flexibility needs of their business clients. If you’re looking for the best private cloud design for your company, contact us today and we’ll start the formation.

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