- Paperback: 108 pages
- Publisher: IT Process Institute, Inc.; first edition (April 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0975568639
- ISBN-13: 978-0975568637
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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Visible Ops Private Cloud: From Virtualization to Private Cloud in 4 Practical Steps Paperback – April 8, 2011
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Visible Ops Private Cloud is a worthy addition to the Visible Ops series, taking it to a new level of usefulness and relevance. This book captures and extends the spirit of the original work by tackling virtualization and cloud computing head on, providing practical methods that make the successful creation and management of competitive private cloud computing environments achievable. Based on research, rather than hype, this valuable guide book covers both the risks and the rewards of cloud computing. But of even greater usefulness is solid guidance on how to navigate the risks and maximize the rewards inherent in virtualization and private clouds. Building on the basic tenants of the original Visible Ops book (that rock solid configuration, change, and release controls are the keys to High Performing organizations) the authors point out that those controls are more critical than ever in virtualized environments because the risks of losing control in these crucial areas are exponentially higher in a virtualized environment than in a physical environment. But this book offers far more than a rehashing of the original Visible Ops book as it applies to virtualization. It provides both a clear vision of cloud computing and practical guidance for IT organizations seeking to stay relevant and competitive in a new era of IT which is no longer about the computers IT manages, is increasingly simply about the services IT can provide. While services have always been the result of IT s endeavors (as we move from dedicated infrastructure, to virtualized infrastructure to cloud computing) infrastructure becomes more and more abstracted and less important to the business. What is important now is simply how cost effective and agile your service delivery is. In other words, the clear message is, IT is not about the computer! Cloud computing has turned the traditional world of IT upside down, and is forcing every major assumption of IT to be re examined and re invented; from how it is sourced, governed, built, and run, to how, most importantly, it is consumed. Visible Ops Private Cloud focuses on what IT organizations need to know in an IT world that is being turned upside down by cloud computing. It provides guidance both on what to do and how to do it; it s a roadmap into private cloud computing. --Steve Darby, Vice President of Engineering, IP Services
The Visible Ops Private Cloud Handbook both identifies and navigates through the obstacles to implementing a private cloud within the enterprise. It contains a compilation of best practices from top-performing IT organizations which will be of benefit to anyone on their journey to the private cloud. --Joel Kehle, Cloud Architect, Qualcomm
This book is one of the few things I ve seen that can directly help IT managers transform their data center from a partially virtualized computing environment into a much higher level organism, the private cloud. --Charles Babcock, Editor-at-large, InformationWeek
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Information gained from over 30 interviews with organizations that have implemented private cloud solutions along with ITPI research data provides the basis for the book's analyses and conclusions, although the footnotes reflect many other studies and sources as well. The 60 plus years of combined author IT process management experience is evident in their ability to take a very complex topic and distill it down to an easily digestible format.
The book starts off defining a private cloud and how it differs from a fully virtualized data center. It also discusses the three primary advantages that private clouds have over public clouds. While it should be fairly obvious that a private cloud enables a level of security and control not easily matched by a public cloud provider, much more surprising is the authors' contention that a well executed private cloud is around 30% less expensive. Private clouds also enable a degree of customization that public clouds are unable to match.
The remainder of Visible Ops Private Cloud provides a four-phased approach for implementing a private cloud:
Phase 1: Cut through the cloud clutter
Phase 2: Design services, not systems
Phase 3: Orchestrate and optimize resource
Phase 4: Align and accelerate business results
The first Appendix dives into Virtualization impact on audit and compliance, and the second covers Reducing private cloud security risks. Noticeably absent are references to specific technologies by leading private cloud companies such as VMware, Cisco and Computer Associates.
While 107 pages (including appendixes and glossary) is only enough to provide a general overview to the topic of private cloud, the four phases constitute a realistic high-level guideline for a successful implementation. I especially like the way each phase starts off with a matrix describing both the issues that are addressed along with narrative from an IT organization staff member that actually had to deal with the particular issue. The layout in general is done really well for a technical book and includes both figures and highlight emphases written with monotony-breaking cursive. Occasional cloud-based Dilbert cartoons help to further make the reading enjoyable.
Despite the book's conciseness, redundancy shows up in places such a repetition of the four implementation phases in Appendix A. It stretches a bit at times in order to provide an adequate number of bullets, and it lacks a consolidated section extolling the benefits of private cloud. The authors repeatedly insist that not all servers are appropriate for a private cloud, but they don't explain what workloads should be excluded.
These very small drawbacks, however, pale in comparison to the positives of Visible Ops Private Cloud. While I've been writing for almost two years about the issues around the phenomenon that Andi Mann coined as VM Stall, this book was particularly useful to me in providing greater insight into both the cause and remedy. Unfortunately, it was written was written too late to incorporate the CA-sponsored 2011 study, The State of IT Automation, which shows that 45% of organizations take a week or longer to provision a virtual machine, but it nonetheless gives plenty of reasons as to why the statistic should not be surprising. Adopting a private cloud not only has the capability to fulfill enterprise virtualization objectives, but to enable true data center transformation.