How to build a private cloud

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how to build a private cloudHow to build a private cloud: Business agility, scalability, and lower cost of ownership are the three important aspects that draw businesses to the cloud.

According to a Rackspace Infographic posted on PCWorld, 88% of organizations are already using cloud computing technologies, 43% of them wishing they had adopted the cloud sooner. The projected overall cloud spend is $235 billion in 2017.

While moving to the cloud is obviously an advantage, data security and integrity are concerns for enterprises. This is why enterprises are keen to implement private clouds. According to RightScale, 82% of organizations have a hybrid cloud strategy, with data-sensitive applications hosted in a private cloud. Before choosing the right cloud strategy, it is important to know how to build a private cloud and the essential components involved in it.

How is a private cloud built?

A private cloud involves a private network that accepts connections from internet-based clients. Clearly, businesses must not compromise security in this process. This is why a demilitarized zone (DMZ) is set up between the public network and the company’s private network. The DMZ contains a web server that acts as a web portal to accept public connections.

Secondly, a secure authentication procedure is required to authenticate every connection, requiring a gateway server that acts a secure proxy between the private network and the DMZ environment. This gateway server can relay authentication credentials to the server.

Thirdly, back end components are required that vary with the size of the business, type of network, VDI/RDS deployment, and the network products used. In a VDI/ RDS environment, a hypervisor and a connection broker are the two important components. A hypervisor runs the virtual machines, while the connection broker matches end user session requests to virtual machines. Another important component is the management console. As a virtual environment involves several moving parts, a management console enables administrators to monitor and manage the entire infrastructure from a single dashboard. When thinking about how to build a private cloud, consider other factors such as the platform, security, storage, and administration.

Parallels RAS provides a comprehensive platform to easily install, set up and manage the entire virtual infrastructure at a cost-effective price.

How to build a private cloud with Parallels RAS

Choosing the right hardware and hypervisor to build a powerful virtualization platform is important. Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware are the major players in the hypervisor field, all providing good features, but there are certain aspects to consider.

Firstly, all three hypervisors are complex to install setup & maintain, and administrators need to have good knowledge of virtualization concepts. Parallels RAS is easy to install and use and supports all major hypervisors, so that you can leverage these tools to deploy & manage a powerful VDI infrastructure.

Secondly, hypervisors like Hyper-V do not offer a comprehensive package to manage the entire infrastructure. For instance, load balancing is not available by default with Hyper-V – you need to add the Windows Network Load Balancer (NLB) tool, which is not easy to install and configure. With Parallels RAS, load balancing is available by default: its High Availability Load Balancing (HALB) not only checks for available virtual servers, but also checks available gateways, for additional redundancy.

Thirdly, reporting tools are key to successful monitoring of the VDI infrastructure. Parallels RAS provides 14 types of reports that are categorized into five groups, to provide detailed insights into the performance of each resource across the infrastructure.

Fourthly, Parallels RAS offers good technical support, which is not available with other virtualization server tools. For Citrix, technical support is not available in any edition.

Finally, price is an important aspect. While Citrix offers good performance, it is very expensive and certainly not affordable for all businesses. Parallels RAS provides all the features outlined above at a significantly lower price.

Parallels RAS is a one stop shop for all your virtualization needs. If you are thinking of building a private cloud, simply contact Parallels and set your mind at rest.



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Sean Bianco is the marketing documentalist and technical writer at Parallels. With a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Networking and a three year background in software quality assurance testing and usability engineering, Sean is a subject matter expert in mobility and smartphone, app and device management. He is well-versed in developing technical articles and determining market trends. His excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with emphasis on understanding relationships between technical problems, result in sound and effective business solutions.