Private Cloud Virtualization Is Great. But So Are the Risks.
The private cloud offers many benefits, including the promise of built-in redundancy and high availability. However, no environment is fail-proof. The dynamic nature and abstraction which make the cloud so powerful are the very same features that make the management of cloud configuration extremely challenging and risk-prone.
The failure of a single physical device or shared file system in the cloud can bring down multiple virtual machines running several business applications, severely impacting your cloud resiliency and therefore your business. Even a minor misstep in your private cloud configuration could lead to a major outage or data loss incident.
Are You Confident Your Cloud Infrastructure is Resilient Enough to Meet Availability Goals?
As many organizations have learned the hard way, even the failure of a single physical device or shared file system can bring down multiple virtual machines running several business applications, severely impacting your business resiliency. That is exactly why you need to proactively ensure that the levels of service availability required for your business are always met.
Be Proactive. Validate Private Cloud Resiliency.
The reality is that organizations have no tools in place to detect private cloud availability risks before they become actual problems that affect your business and operations.
Configuration errors and deviations from vendor recommendations may linger in your virtualized environment without immediate impact, but may still pose a risk when circumstances change. Furthermore, since the number of combinations and permutations is almost endless, manual fail-over testing is just impractical in the cloud environment.
Ensuring the availability of applications and data that run on the private cloud is a very difficult task.
Jean S. Bozman
Research Vice President, IDC