IDC Issues Guides on Constructing Cloud Computing Infrastructure in China, Suggesting Users Construct Cloud Computing Infrastructures in Five Stages
28 Jun 2012
BEIJING, June 28,
2012 – International Data Corporation (IDC) recently pubished the report, Guides on Implementation of Cloud Computing
Infrastructure Projects in China, which proposes roadmaps for Chinese
enterprises in constructing cloud computing infrastructures. The report is
based on IDC's in-depth surveys on the current status of China's cloud
computing market. It aims at offering suggestions to enterprises and
organizations that are constructing cloud computing infrastructures that will
help them to deploy cloud platforms rapidly and successfully.
IDC believes that the implementation of cloud computing
infrastructures involves not only the integration of software and hardware, but
also the transformation of businesses' IT strategies. Therefore, users should
evaluate cloud computing projects before implementation and cooperate with
experienced IT consultancies or service providers to ensure that their plans
take the management pattern of cloud computing centers into consideration and
includes future operations. The cloud computing platforms should be expected to
truly benefit the enterprises.
IDC's survey on cloud users shows that while selecting the
cloud computing infrastructures, most of the users hope that cloud computing
platforms can be compatible with existing infrastructures, to reduce the risks
of the project and to transition to the cloud rapidly. Meanwhile, a smooth
transition from the existing architecture can also satisfy users' demands to
reduce investments and shorten implementation cycles.
Therefore, IDC summarized the roadmaps for Chinese
enterprises in implementing cloud computing infrastructures and suggested that
users divide the process of implementing cloud computing infrastructures into
five stages. Major points for attention during the process in each stage
- Planning: Cloud computing projects
should be treated as part of the corporate strategy. Attention and support from
management should be gained and the goals of each stage should be defined
clearly. Users should plan to incorporate cloud computing while developing
corporate strategies and cloud deployment should enable business innovation and
IT service transformation.
- Preparation: Services delivery and
applications demand should be evaluated according to the features of the
end-user industry. Infrastructure decisions should be based on the evaluation
of suitable technologies. Users should also consider the features of their own
business lines as well as the conditions of existing infrastructure, evaluating
the feasibility of system migration and ensuring the consistency of
technologies and businesses operation.
- Implementation: Virtualization is the
foundation of cloud computing. Constructing an enterprise-level virtualization
platform, which is highly secure, reliable, expansible and flexible, is an
inevitable step toward build a cloud computing infrastructure.
- Deepening: Users should realize
automated resource deployment based on infrastructure virtualization. The cloud
computing infrastructure is not only about the virtualization of platforms, but
also about the deployment and management of virtual resources by automation
- Applications and management: Open is
the basic feature of cloud computing and the platform should be able to provide
standard API, and can be compatible to existing applications. Enterprises
should give priority to partners who are committed to constructing open
ecosystems. The migration of applications is a gradual process. Cloud computing
infrastructures should support core applications of the enterprises.
Zhou, senior research manager of IDC China Enterprise System and Software
Research suggests that, "End users should pay more attention on the
experiences of vendors, and their understanding of their business. At the same
time, long-term plans from the vendors should also be considered, including
whether they can provide end-to-end solution and their partners ecosystem."
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