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How to Make the Business Thankful for IT. Give them Apps!

November 23, 2011
at 11:46 am PST

Think about it, when was the last time the business said “thank you” to IT? It’s probably been a while. Unfortunately, all too often we hear complaints that IT is too slow, or that IT is the department of “no”.

Deploying a private cloud is one way to help turn IT into the department of “yes”, with faster and more responsive IT service delivery. The customers of Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud have compressed the cycle time for IT provisioning from weeks to minutes. That means that project managers and application developers no longer have to wait for IT – they can speed up their projects and get business applications up and running more quickly.

And if there’s one golden rule to remember for your private cloud solution, it’s that the business wants apps. They’ll be thankful if you can provision and manage their applications in a cloud environment with consistency, reliability and speed.

So if you’re interested in on-demand application delivery for your private cloud, check out this presentation from Cisco Intelligent Automation and our ecosystem partner rPath:

For managing applications in your cloud, here are some key pitfalls to avoid:

Pitfall #1
Poor user interface portal for on-demand provisioning -- A simple and easy-to-use self-service portal is essential, enabling the business to quickly request the services and apps they need.

Pitfall #2
Limited operational process automation – Make sure you focus on automating your operational processes. They are as critical to your private cloud as logistics are to the FedEx business model.

Pitfall #3
Scripted automation approaches – For legacy systems management, you may have invested in scripting for automation. But for your private cloud, a model-driven approach is required.

Pitfall #4
Relying on golden images – To avoid massive proliferation of images for your applications, you’ll need a blueprint of your entire system with version control and complete visibility.

To learn more about how to managed applications in your private cloud, you can listen to this on-demand webinar: “Delivering Apps in Your Private Cloud: How To’s and Pitfalls

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