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65 CDWG.com | 800.808.4239 of organizations planned private cloud deployments within the next year, up from 8.2 percent in 2012. But almost two years later, consultants and vendors say implementation deployment plans don't adequately tell the cloud story taking place today. "Most people get the concept of private clouds and how they benefit organizations by automating management, provisioning and other aspects of their IT operations," says Anil Desai, an independent IT consultant who specializes in cloud computing and virtualization technology. "But often they just don't see a clear path to getting there with the resources they currently have." Fortunately, that doesn't have to be the case. As cloud computing best practices mature, CIOs have a variety of options for successfully migrating from a traditional IT infrastructure to one that takes advantage of private cloud benefits and creates a foundation for next-generation IT services. e key, experts say, is to develop a step-by-step strategy that embraces innovation without overwhelming and disrupting the organization. Toppling Roadblocks Two fundamental stumbling blocks frequently keep private cloud projects from progressing beyond planning or pilot stages. Budget constraints may be the most significant. "Few IT organizations are getting additional budget, so CIOs must figure out how to invest in the new technology and services required to build a private cloud," says Sean McDermott, CEO of Windward IT Solutions, a consultancy that focuses on designing service- centric IT projects. "For some IT managers, the only way to find funding for future investments is by taking cost out of the organization right now." Money isn't the only hurdle. Cultural issues can also impede progress. Automating routine IT management functions is a prime reason to move to a private cloud. But systems administrators who are tasked with launching automation tools can fear their success. " ey often wonder, 'What do I do after I automate this?' " says Robert Plankers, a technology consultant and a virtualization architect at a large midwestern university. "I sometimes see passive-aggressive sabotage of these types of tools. But in the best cases, sysadmins go on to work on more strategic and creative projects, such as standing up new services for the organization." Once an overworked IT department grasps that possibility, the lure of moving some services to a private cloud can become very appealing, Plankers says. Some industry research estimates that 70 percent or more of a typical IT staff's duties are devoted to maintaining the existing data center environment --- which can included everything from routine maintenance and break-fix activities to rolling out regular software updates. Despite the challenges, there are good reasons for IT managers to turn plans for private clouds into action. First, these projects are an obvious next step following the widespread data center virtualization projects that have become ubiquitous in recent years. "Virtualization has been a great initiative to get the back office of IT in good running order," says Edward Newman, senior director of cloud and IT transformation for EMC's global services unit. "Private clouds can have a positive impact on the operational side because they can be a more efficient way for end users to obtain IT services." at's because private clouds create large pools of computing resources that enable users and organizational units to share applications as well as computing, storage and networking assets. is means that if the head of a department needs additional support for a new initiative, he or she just chooses it from a catalog of services rather than working with the IT department to procure, provision, test and launch new hardware and software. While the traditional process may have required weeks or months, a private cloud can deliver the same services and capacity within minutes. e service catalogs also display the value of the additional resources, making it possible to be transparent with chargebacks and informative showbacks. at information makes it far easier for managers to understand the budget investment required for the cloud services. e self-managing characteristics of private clouds also improve continuity of operations. For example, if a hardware or software resource crashes somewhere within the cloud, cloud management tools can automatically shift workload to another component or even to a separate cloud to mitigate downtime. Key Cloud Tools To achieve the benefits of a private cloud, IT managers require specific tools for automating IT functions and orchestrating the interaction of cloud resources. But before IT managers start shopping for tools, some housekeeping may be necessary. > SOURCE: Technology Business Research Compared to 2013, workloads running in private clouds in 2014 will increase by 29%. 29%