The Key To Effective Private Clouds

Organizations of all shapes and sizes are looking to private cloud implementations to increase IT efficiency and help end users collaborate more easily. They’re after benefits that include lower costs, easier management of IT resources, improved disaster recovery and employee productivity gains. But organizations are also finding out that such advantages can only be achieved when they ensure their wide-area networks (WAN) can offer speedy access to centralized IT resources for faraway users.

Addressing any network limitations can make the difference between success or failure of a cloud-based system, which, in turn, can impact an organization’s effectiveness and competitive advantage in its market. WAN optimization solutions can accelerate private cloud implementations and add a layer of visibility and intelligence to enable users to be productive, while helping to deliver the cost and management efficiencies businesses require.

easySERVICE™ Cloud optimization enables companies to realize the benefits they hope to get from private cloud implementations, which are essentially consolidated groups of virtual servers and storage systems housing applications that users can access from wherever they may be. Private clouds are different from public cloud services in that the IT resources are owned and operated as a utility by the end-user organization, rather than provided as a service by a third party.

Private clouds only succeed when the WAN offers speedy access to users far away also WAN optimization will:

  1. Eliminate most redundant data going across the network
  2. Streamlines "chatty" protocols by limiting the number of roundtrips that packets require
  3. Prioritize network traffic with built-in QoS features

The private cloud concept was born out of two major trends in IT in recent years: centralization and virtualization. Centralizing servers enables IT to more easily manage and control resources, as opposed to trying to manage servers in remote locations with little or no IT staff. Virtualization enables far greater utilization of servers, storage and other IT resources, along with greater flexibility in where applications run. Together, centralization and virtualization enable improved security because most resources are in one physical location and it’s simpler to standardize security patches and updates.

Virtualization also makes it far easier for IT to keep up with business demands, with the ability to spin up new servers much more quickly. Disaster recovery is likewise improved, as companies can more easily create snapshots of their environments at any point in time, replicate them to off-site servers, and fail over to them if need be with just a few clicks—with little to no business disruption.

It all adds up to a simplified, more nimble IT environment, where IT can more readily meet changing business requirements. Further, private clouds can often dramatically lower IT operations costs versus a distributed server infrastructure, due to the increased utilization and simplified management.

A crucial element to any private cloud, however, is the ability to provide good, reliable application performance and data transfers over the WAN. As organizations centralize IT resources in a private cloud, they increase the distance between those resources and end users. Increased distance naturally means additional latency, which slows performance.

Buying more bandwidth may seem the obvious solution, but it can be so expensive as to thwart the private cloud business case. What’s more, additional bandwidth won’t solve performance problems caused by latency or issues related to the behavior of certain protocols and applications.

It takes WAN optimization to ensure the success of a private cloud implementation. And the WAN optimization solution must be able to address each of three distinct issues that can all lead to performance problems:

  1. Insufficient WAN bandwidth
  2. Inefficient network transport protocols
  3. Inefficient application protocols

Given that so many companies required drastic changes to their recovery environments highlighted the importance of change management and keeping production and recovery in sync. Companies rely on easySERVICE Data Service as a potential partner in helping to create and manage the lifecycle of a long-term disaster recovery program that would free them to pursue higher-value workstreams.

Our cloud-like server is both persistent and highly elastic. You get the best of both worlds since it looks and feel like a traditional server but is on-demand and better than cloud. So no matter what you need something simple or something highly customized and complex, we bring the expertise, support and services that no other provider can deliver.

We are committed to building the value of the easySERVICE™ brand and we stand behind our service to you. We want to earn your trust and confidence as your “go-to source” when you have disaster recovery challenges.

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