Put Private Cloud Knowledge in Your Hands With the Stratoscale Wiki

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Unless your living situation involves granite and a cave, you’re aware that the cloud is descending upon IT and has the potential to change—for the better or for the worse, depending on your perspective—how we do business, both inside and outside IT.  Every day, it seems like there are new kinds of could being invented, whether by technologists or by marketers.  The unfortunate result is that there is a lot of confusion in the market about what it all means as we jump around between public, private, enterprise, and hybrid cloud.  Perhaps nowhere is it more confusing, though, than in the realm of private cloud.

Private cloud is cloud in every way except where the servers live, but too many don’t fully understand the lines that delineate the differences.  Private cloud means that systems typically reside in your local data center, but there’s much more to it than that.  Many people believe that a high level of virtualization means that they have private cloud when, in fact, virtualization doesn’t even have to play a role at all (although it usually does).

Rather, private cloud means that you’ve reached a certain maturity level in your data center processes by making the environment more like the private cloud.  This maturity includes deploying self-service tools, automation tools, orchestration tools and more.  Or, it means that you’ve deployed an infrastructure in which all of these elements already exist.  Of course, there’s a bit more to the story, but these features are a part of all public cloud offerings and are the secret sauce behind how those services operate.  Imagine if a public cloud provider had to call an IT guy every time a customer wanted to deploy a new service or make a change.  The model wouldn’t be sustainable.

But, technology is just one part of what makes something a cloud.  The other side of the coin is economic.  Although the economics of private cloud don’t always perfectly align with public cloud, the cost focus should be more OpEx-centric than CapEx-centric.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about private cloud and are looking for a curated resource that can help to point you in the right direction, the good folks at Stratoscale have your back.  They have put together a complete wiki site that can help you better understand private cloud, from the technical to the economic and everything in between.  Stratoscale has broken the resources down into strategy, architecture, economics, and technology sections to help readers quickly find the section that is most relevant to them.  Moreover, this isn’t a static resource.  As people write new content across a variety of sites, Stratoscale is adding them to the wiki to make sure that it stays current.

Take a look at the Stratoscale Private Cloud Wiki!

Scott Lowe

Follow Scott on Twitter   Scott is Co-Founder of ActualTech Media and serves as Senior Content Editor and Strategist. Scott is an enterprise IT veteran with more than twenty years experience in senior and CIO roles across multiple organizations.

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