Using the Microsoft Azure Cloud Service
If a business wishes to purse the Microsoft Azure Cloud technology, what features will the get for the service? Here is a summary of those accounts. Licensing of the Microsoft private cloud solutions occur on a per processor basis with unlimited virtualization rights. This licensing provision lets a company get the cloud computing benefits of scale with unlimited virtualization and lower costs consistently and predictably over time.
What criteria should you follow to determine the approach to using the Cloud?
Embracing the cloud in the organization is not a step to be taken lightly, even for sophisticated enterprises. Take the concept to heart, walk before you run. So in that capacity start by identifying the business case for the cloud or private cloud within the organization. What is driving the initiative to moving to the cloud?
From an IT perspective, do you want to make IT operations more predictable and responsive? Or perhaps it is cost efficiencies on server racks, power and cooling that you are looking at? Or is it a matter of costs related to staff throughout the life cycle?
What about organizational or regulatory compliance requirements are they driving the business case? Second, identify, within the organization applications and staff that are receptive to a platform shift. Perhaps it’s a department or group that has adopted virtualization or partitioned an application for public and private cloud deployment.
The upshot is that existing groups like these are prime candidates to adopting cloud like characteristics in their environment and taking the organization to the next step. Many organizations are starting out with Private Cloud for development and test environments, before they move their operations for other organizations to see, which would be the Public Cloud.
These scenarios and their often erratic usage profiles are ideally suited to private and provide a low risk way of exploring the technology and operational capabilities required to effectively deliver that service.
Lastly, once operational, then run book procedures which have been adopted and approved an overall plan for deployment and consolidation of new and existing services that can be built and executed upon.
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