EMC Targets Private Clouds

"Proven Solutions" aims to settle CIO concerns about risk and ROI as they move to private clouds.

By Alex Goldman | Posted Sep 2, 2009
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EMC today introduced EMC Proven Solutions for the private cloud, a combination of hardware, software, partnerships, and consulting services designed to help companies achieve a reliable ROI from private cloud deployments.

"The last thing CIOs want to do is introduce risk as they transition their current data center to a private cloud," Todd Pavone, vice president for EMC Global Solutions, said in a statement.

"We provide customers with predictable results and faster ROI as they deploy technology to virtualize their application infrastructures for Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and SAP," Pavone added.

The idea is to convey that moving to a private cloud isn't easy, but that EMC can help.

"The transformation is multifaceted with significant impact across information infrastructure and applications and the journey to private cloud represents a foundational change in how IT organizations architect, operate and deliver services to their customers," Tom Roloff, senior vice president for EMC Consulting, said in a statement.

The news comes as private clouds have emerged in the spotlight as a way to merge the benefits of a cloud architecture with the security, reliability and control that comes with keeping applications within the corporate datacenter.

In response, cloud and virtualization providers are offering products to make it easier to adopt or manage the private cloud. Amazon released its virtual private cloud (VPC) offering last week, and OpSource unveiled a tightly controlled private cloud system, too. In addition to building private clouds for clients, CA last month unveiled management software to monitor and automate use of Amazon's public Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

EMC isn't alone in warning that hopping onto the private cloud bandwagon might be harder than it looks, though. CA, for instance, warned last month that managers need to avoid getting sucked into over-ambitious private cloud products and must remain vigilant about setting cost controls.

According to EMC, businesses face plenty of challenges when choosing to adopt the private cloud. Read the rest at InternetNews.com.

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