Virtualization is not a requirement for cloud-based environments, but a mature virtualized infrastructure can significantly reduce the time to implement cloud functionality.
Private clouds are quickly gaining in popularity. In fact, according to a Gartner Data Center Conference Poll, 78 percent of enterprises responded “yes” when asked, “Will your enterprise be pursuing a private cloud computing strategy by 2014?” The first step when pursuing a private cloud strategy is to develop a foundation of understanding that combines the business objectives with a realistic evaluation of where IT’s capabilities are today, and then to implement a strategy that methodically and incrementally matches those objectives. To help, Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, recently unveiled a “Private Cloud Foundation Checklist” outlining 14 key technology areas CIOs should address before delivering on the promise of a private cloud.
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