By: Industry Perspectives
Bill Kleyman is a virtualization and cloud solutions architect at MTM Technologies where he works extensively with data center, cloud, networking, and storage design projects.
There is now a direct connection between facilities teams and those engineers tasked with designing a cloud solution. Too often, the first response from IT professionals regarding the cloud is that of unease. The primary reason for this type of reaction is oftentimes the result of a lack of understanding revolving around cloud computing. Remember, when we’re working with any sort of cloud infrastructure, we are effectively only transferring data over the Wide Area Network. There are, of course, accelerators, monitoring tools, virtualization metrics and other components to a cloud solution. But in its simplest form – it is the transfer of data over the WAN.
Help from Facilities Pros
When cloud computing comes into the conversation – it’s important to have a basic understanding of the technology. From there, facilities people can really help the design and deployment process. The reality is that without solid facilities professionals, cloud computing can hit some limitations very fast. When it comes to cloud computing, the following are just a few of the important topics where data center professionals can really help out.
Depending on the project and the size of a given engagement – the above list can certainly be expanded. When working with cloud computing, there has to be integration between multiple IT teams within an organization. The reality is that cloud computing cannot be made possible without knowledgeable and efficient data center and facilities professionals. These are the folks who will help build the underlying infrastructure design to support a potentially massive solution. Cross-team communication and collaboration is crucial to the success of any project. Now that cloud computing is being integrated within many organizations, team-work is as important as ever.
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