Building successful clouds

An article by Priyadarshan Ketkar from Citrix Blogs

“We do these things not because they’re easy, but because they are hard…” – John F. Kennedy

I use this quote as inspiration before every cloud customer engagement. But why such a lofty premise? It’s because building large complex structures, like any enterprise or service provider cloud, requires a disciplined process for enduring success. It is this disciplined and methodical approach that determines the long-term success or failure of the cloud. I have seen this myself, and decided to understand how to build successful clouds from a holistic perspective.

Many cloud efforts start with their focus on the technology. Key criteria around the capacity, scalability, availability, security and the other technical gadgetry become paramount in the project. However, cloud projects that focus only on the technical components, are doomed before they began. What about the Business goals of the organization? What about the operational needs for managing and maintaining the structure? What about integration to existing business and technology process and systems? Citrix Worldwide Services’s architecture lifecycle process (shown below) is designed to help you architect, design and implement your unique cloud solution for optimal success.

So, what does it take to build successful clouds? Building successful clouds requires an understanding of the Business, Technology and Operational success criteria. The Business layer addresses the goals, objectives and use cases of the cloud. The Technology layer focuses on transforming physical infrastructure into resource capacity. The Operational layer looks at support, measurement, management and maintenance issues of the cloud. In the SYN230 Building successful clouds based on Citrix Consulting methodology Citrix Synergy session, I will share cloud building experiences, best practices learned from the field and explain the cloud success methodology and how it was used at Citrix customer engagements. Below, you can see how each of the three tracks overlay and interact with each other during the life of the project.

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