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February 2012

Using automation, self-service provisioning to build a private cloud

IT pros who understand the benefits of cloud computing are assessing if they can build a private cloud behind closed doors for additional security. Incorporating cloud automation, self-service provisioning and integrating IT management tools will help make their private cloud project a success. With a private cloud infrastructure, an organisation can maximise the use of IT resources and save costs while introducing self-service capabilities and empowering end users. A private cloud makes IT more efficient and frees up IT pros for more strategic tasks than just managing servers. Another popular use for a private cloud is to host testing and development applications, according to TechTarget’s UK and Europe Virtualisation Decisions survey of 2011. Self-service provisioning and cloud automation capabilities Server virtualisation is the key ingredient for building a private cloud. A pool of infrastructure resources provide the elastic characteristics of a cloud service, so it’s important to have a virtual estate which has dynamic ...

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