Is Your Data Center Cloud Ready?

Chesterton wrote, “There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.” However (apologies to the scholar) there are many rules for the data center that exists there. This whitepaper from Emerson Network Power guides you through those rules. It gives you a series of checklists to make sure your data centers are ready for the cloud revolution. In a very logical way this paper covers trends, technologies and preparations needed for cloud deployment.

The key trend has to do with business. No longer is IT an island unto itself – data center metrics are measured against enterprise growth. The data center may not be a profit center but it must be profitable.

How can this be done when the data center has ever changing needs? By developing adaptability and a sense of IT value – two attributes provided by cloud technology.

Then how does the cloud factor in to the bottom line discussion and what is it exactly? This paper will provide that answer by explaining the various cloud architectures and service models.

After a discussion of why you need the cloud and what the options are, the question becomes – are you cloud ready? Discover that answer through a series of checklists and prepare your data center for the economic wind that will surely lift it into the cloud. Click here to downlaod this white paper.

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About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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  1. Many businesses around the world (small and medium enterprises, and even large corporations) are slowly migrating to the cloud because of its efficiency and practicality for their data centers. These companies include Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and 3M. In fact, many IT experts predicted that approximately 20% of IT companies worldwide will use the cloud by 2014. The growth of cloud computing has also sprouted other platforms to rise. These include the increasing demand for Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), web contents management system (WCMS), and software asset management (SAM).