Learn to Boost Data Center Capacity With Public Cloud

2014-11-17 00:54:54

Moving to a public cloud environment takes time and consideration. No organization should simply jump in without evaluating ROI and the pros and cons of moving to such a platform. Still, there are powerful reasons to adopt the ever evolving technology. With denser environments, more WAN capabilities, and better cloud management, data can be delivered faster and more economically across vast distances.


Without a doubt, one of the most powerful benefits of cloud computing is the ability to extend the existing environment beyond the current datacenter walls. Administrators are able to do more with less as cloud computing components have become much more affordable. Now that both unified computing and WAN-based solutions have come down in price, IT environments are quickly seeing the direct benefits that cloud computing can bring to an organization.


So how can an organization extend their data center with a public cloud architecture? Consider this:


Using cloud resources. By “borrowing” cloud resources IT environments don’t have to invest in their internal infrastructure. Whether it is storage, bandwidth, or virtual machines, administrators are able to use these resources as need instead of just buying them up for an existing datacenter.


Evolving disaster recovery. Public cloud environments have taken disaster recovery strategies to a whole new level. With site-to-site replication, emergency resources can be spun up via automated workflows. This can have an entire infrastructure back up and running quickly and efficiently. Many organizations are now working with public cloud providers to add that extra level of redundancy to their infrastructure.


Applying BYOD initiatives. A big benefit of cloud computing is the ability to use almost any device to access centralized data. With a public cloud environment, an organization can provision servers which will specifically handle and deliver workloads for a BYOD initiative. Applications and even desktops can be pushed down to the end-point from a public cloud environment.


Creating distributed datacenters. Having data in multiple locations not only creates a point of high availability – it also helps with accessibility. Users close to the datacenter will be able to access their information quickly with fewer hops in between. More so, this type of environment creates data and application redundancy. So, if any piece of an environment fails – with a public cloud – administrators can redirect traffic to a different cloud-based datacenter and continue operations.