To get to the cloud faster, finish virtualizing your datacenter

These days, you don’t need to be a large enterprise to receive the benefits of the cloud. As virtualization increasingly goes mainstream, more small and medium businesses are virtualizing their servers to receive the benefits of greater compute agility, streamlined operations management, energy efficiency, and higher platform performance.

Once you’ve virtualized your servers, it’s easy to start dreaming about moving to a private cloud, with its dedicated pool of dynamic computing resources and the agility of IT as a Service.

But not so fast. If a private cloud is your goal, then the best way to get there is by virtualizing the rest of your infrastructure -- storage and networking. Identifying and building the right virtualized foundation for a private cloud is critical, and building upon Intel hardware and technology with virtualization software solutions from companies like VMware builds an excellent infrastructure for gaining new levels of efficiency, control, agility, and security through virtualization.

Your virtual infrastructure strategy should include:

Network virtualization:

10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapters, virtual switches, and VLANs working together to create “big pipe” unified networking. And not just bigger pipe, but richer, smarter pipe that can be dynamically provisioned and scaled for all kinds of network traffic, including transport of block-based storage, while maintaining virtual machine (VM) isolation on the same physical networking hardware.

Storage virtualization:

A fully virtualized infrastructure requires a high performance cluster file system that allows virtualization to scale beyond the boundaries of a single system.  This virtualized system needs to provide multiple VMs with shared access to a consolidated pool of clustered storage to improve storage resource utilization and flexibility.

Hardware enabled security:

The move to cloud solutions requires protection from new threats while ensuring compliance requirements are met.  Intel® Trusted Execution Technology  (Intel® TXT) ensures that key server platform components, such as hypervisors and the BIOS, have not been modified and have launched into verified “known good states.” By working with the SW ecosystem we are able to take this a step further and provide innovative policy management, migration control, security reporting, and reporting and compliance use models that help address nagging limitations to existing and emerging virtualization and cloud deployments.

Private clouds evolve from virtualized infrastructures, and if you want to grab the benefits of a private cloud, you need to finish virtualizing your datacenter.

We’ll be talking about these topics in-depth in the Intel sessions and at the Intel booth, #1131 at VMworld August 26-30 in San Francisco. We hope you will join us!

This blog was shared by Kathy Browning:

Kathy is an Alliance Marketing Manager at Intel. She has 30 years experience working in the high tech industry holding a variety of roles in both Information Technology and Marketing. She is passionate about the advances in technology that enable both consumers and enterprises to achieve more value in their lives and their business. Currently she manages relationships with software providers to deliver innovative solutions in security, manageability, networking, and storage that are transforming today’s data centers.