Given all the complexities associated with managing a cloud computing environment, many internal IT organizations will need a little extra help.
The core issue is that most IT organizations don't apply a lot of sophistication when it comes to managing IT. Many are trying to address this lack of IT maturity by embracing concepts such as the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL).
But in the absence of any defined IT management processes, a lot of IT organizations will be looking for new classes of tools to help them make the leap to private cloud computing. To help achieve that goal, Eucalyptus Systems, rPath and newScale have come together in a coalition to combine their offerings to create what they call an "on-ramp" to private cloud computing.
Eucalyptus is providing the core management infrastructure for deployment, while rPath automates many IT management functions. It's all wrapped in a self-service portal created by newScale. The first systems integrator to align with this coalition is MomentumSI.
According to Jake Sorofman, chief marketing officer for rPath, the goal is to allow IT organizations to create a "shopping cart" experience for departments using applications and resources across a shared private cloud computing platform.
The real challenge with cloud computing is managing the demand for shared resources that make up the cloud. There's no doubt that private cloud computing will be more cost effective. But most IT organizations today are built around an IT model where resources are dedicated to specific applications. Unfortunately, most of the end users and the internal IT people that support them never really learned about the value of sharing in the first place. So when you get right down to it, maybe the real value of an "on-ramp" to private cloud computing is that it will finally teach everybody how to really share.