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Private Cloud Performance Issues to Drive Upgrades

 

Michael Vizard, Channel Tech Network

 

As interest in private cloud computing grows IT organizations everywhere are coming to the conclusion that there existing IT infrastructure simply isn’t up to the task.

For example, a new survey from Precise Software, a provider of transaction processing management software, makes it exceedingly clear that as IT organization move to embrace the cloud they have a lot of concerns about performance issues stemming from contention issues that inevitably arise when multiple applications share the same IT infrastructure.

From a solution provider’s perspective, those concerns create the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about upgrading the customer’s data center to create an environment that can truly support private cloud computing.

Granted, in these tough economic times a lot of customer’s don’t want to talk about upgrading anything. But at the same time, they are keenly interested in reducing their IT operating costs, and the only way to really do that is by leveraging more modern IT infrastructure. As is often the case, when it comes to cloud computing the customer needs to spend a little money to save a lot of money.

This is exactly the reason we see solution providers in the channel such as The Ergonomic Group moving more aggressively into helping customers build their own clouds, as opposed to building out a cloud computing service of its own. John Tietjen, solution architect manager for The Ergonomic Group, says the solution provider might do that one day, but right now the bigger opportunity is in building private clouds.

To drive that opportunity The Ergonomic Group is now opening a Cloud Center of Excellence and kicking of a series of Cloud Workshops for its customers in partnership with Hewlett-Packard that not only identify the business requirements for building a private cloud, but also highlights the technical limitations of existing IT infrastructure.

There is no customer of any size that is contemplating building a private cloud that is not concerned about application performance in that environment, which for solution providers puts the customer in the perfect place to have a meaningful conversation about how they plan to allocate their IT budget to address those issues.

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