Private cloud takes virtualization to the next step in the evolution of the data center evolution. By extending the building blocks of virtualization with workflow automation, it enables you to implement IT-as-a-service (ITAAS) for your internal customers to request and receive IT resources such as virtual machines. However, automating the workflow for cloud deployments can be complicated. NetApp has been collaborating with Microsoft to develop integrated technologies that simplify the process of cloud deployment. The Microsoft Dynamic Data Center Toolkit lets you easily automate all the processes you use for virtual machine deployment including NetApp storage provisioning, cloning and other storage processes. In the May issue of Tech OnTap I wrote an article that describes these private cloud technologies in some detail. You can check out the article at http://communities.netapp.com/docs/DOC-5973?REF_SOURCE=tot-1005
Do you have plans to deploy a private cloud? Why or why not? Does simplified automation make it more attractive?