With the Obama Administration and the UK Government turning to Cloud Computing to cut costs in 2011, the provision of computational resources on demand via a network is still a global trend. The costs of cloud computing are hard to beat for all kinds of businesses. You can set up quickly and cheaply with the required applications and programs, including back-ups and software updates. Due to scalable UPS-Architecture Cloud Computing even helps to develop greener supply chains. Usually, running a data center requires heavy investment in generators and unlimited power supply. Cloud Computing removes that burden from individual companies – and consolidates workloads on high-performance processors.
However, some facts are easily overlooked. Cloud Computing can, for example, introduce new stress points that demand greater robustness of the IT infrastructure. Data security has become an area of increasing concern for potential cloud customers, for obvious reasons: Cloud Computing puts the company’s mission-critical data and intellectual property into the hands of a third party. Enterprises should not discount the resulting, quite significant risks.
A White Paper titled “Taking the Enterprise Data Center into the Cloud” by Emerson Network Power points out how to achieve data security within a server infrastructure for cloud computing.
“For enterprises seeking to achieve scalability without impacting availability, N+1 redundancy remains the most cost-effective option for high availability data centers and is well-suited for high density cloud computing environments. […] When executed correctly, redundant on-line UPS architecture enables the enterprise data center to achieve high levels of efficiency without compromising the availability needed for business-critical applications.”
Moving business-critical applications and data to the Cloud is where things get complicated. That’s why many enterprises decide to optimize their data center infrastructures first before experimenting with Cloud Computing.
As stated in the White Paper by Eaton:
“By enhancing the efficiency and elasticity of network infrastructure through the optimization of existing facilities, enterprises are well positioned to achieve performance optimization and agility without compromising the availability needed to support mission-critical applications.”
The most important advice when you move your data in the cloud is: Availability is still the highest priority. Scalable UPS is the key for availability. If your efforts to reduce costs impact availability they likely will backfire.
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