Security, Monitoring Tools Key for Cloud MigrationBy Channel Insider Staff | Posted 2011-05-20 Email Print
A new report shows that in migrations to cloud-based infrastructure tools for security and monitoring are essential.
Virtual and cloud-based environment migration specialist SANpulse announced the release of a report titled "Migrating to the Private Cloud: Evolution of Infrastructure into a Service Model." Available for free download via the company’s Website, the report focuses on infrastructure as a service and key pitfalls to keep in mind when identifying the appropriate solutions to make on-premises IaaS deployments successful, helping organizations reduce the risk, complexity and cost of moving from traditional IT to private cloud infrastructure.
Revealed in the report are many considerations to be cognizant of when looking into cloud-based infrastructure, including security, which the report noted for large enterprises is the most important aspect of information management. The report warns that proprietary and sensitive data, if exposed, could have dire consequences to the business, and therefore most Fortune 1000 companies prefer a private cloud model.
The report also underlines the importance of understanding the existing IT environment: Enterprises must leverage solutions that can discover the infrastructure in a nonintrusive manner and provide the configuration and interdependency information vital to understanding what business units are utilizing today. The migration will require coordination among operational teams from the server, network, storage, database and application owners. As the existing infrastructure is dynamic and in constant flux, it is important to find a solution that can monitor the changes and drive process encapsulation into automation during cloud migrations.
Also touched on is the importance of identifying a performance tool that can provide accurate detail on the source of a potential performance bottleneck. As the infrastructure is complex and has one or more abstraction layers, it is important to have visibility into shared resources for proactive management.
For more, read the eWEEK article: Security, Monitoring Tools Essential for Cloud Migration: Report