Private clouds stand out as an alternative to server virtualization and public clouds. The business can basically take advantage of the benefits associated with both words while eliminating some of the disadvantages. That is definitely great but since you would end up having to manage most of the operations of your new private cloud servers, you do need to implement automation.
We will talk about 4 key elements that you have to take into account at all times. This will help you to make everything run smooth and will minimize management expenses in the future.
It is very important that you use automated provisioning tools. These will allow the user to basically say what resources are necessary and then simply create them. This can be a necessity if an app demand changes or there is a need to create a number of virtual servers, all based on demand. Most professional private cloud solutions out there will offer you such a service in their private cloud hosting package. Never go for one that does not automate the process as you may end up in the unwanted situation that changes take too long to implement.
2. Management Dashboard
This is a very important part of your cloud automation strategy. Various automated provisioning tasks will be done by scripts but a cloud user needs to be able to avoid having to struggle with them or with command lines. A dashboard will give you that interface that is really easy to use, gives you the possibility to track resource use, de-provision, provision, modify access privileges and even view private cloud available services.
3. Cloud Operation Monitoring
It is quite challenging to monitor a dedicated server. You would most likely need to hire someone to do that. Such an extra expense is not necessary when you use a good private cloud system. When you have access to automated monitoring tools, you know how the cloud’s state is at all times. This should include use details and resource allocation. We have to add that such tools are also important for long term planning as you know what to expect when you make modifications in the future.
4. Workflow Automation Tools
Workflows are defined as task sequences that are performed in an automated manner. The private cloud will give you interesting services but there are always processes that need to run. As an example, when you use a service for analytics reporting, you might need to have something that automatically copies data from various sources, applies transformations on data sets and loads what was transformed into a database so that reports can be generated.
5. Billing And Metering Tools
Private and public clouds have the advantage that users will only be billed based on what is used. The management platform that you have for the private cloud system needs to include resource use tracking tools for both users and accounts. Alerts should be included so that you know when you are close to having your budget exhausted. That helps you to budget some provisions.