EMC Targets Private Clouds

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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