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Implementing a Private Cloud Solution

Last week I attended Learning Tree’s “Implementing a Private Cloud Solution” course at our Reston Education Center. It is a great course for anyone seeking in-depth technical details on how to build their own on-premises private cloud. The course also covers using a hosted private cloud solution and building secure connections to your own data center.

This course is not for the faint of heart! It is also not for the technically challenged! When you show up Tuesday morning you need to be prepared to work very hard for the next four days. The course author, Boleslav Sykora, has put together a fast paced session that gives you as much technical detail as you would ever want on the subject. It is the type of course where you will want to come early and stay late each and every day so you can work through all the extensive bonus exercises that are offered. I loved it and I think you will too!

We feature building two private clouds, one using Eucalyptus and another using Microsoft System Center, completely from scratch. There is a lot of Linux command line stuff and quite a bit of detailed networking configuration. This is exactly the reality of what is involved if you want to build your own private cloud. Over the four days you come to understand that private cloud computing is not some mystical, magical hype but is an evolution of solid fundamental concepts that have been around for some time. This course will appeal to technical professionals who want to gain real experience implementing solutions that will define the future of the on-premises data center.

For those who would prefer not to bother with the complexity of an internal private cloud implementation there are many hosted solutions to choose from. Probably the best known is Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Once you use VPC on Amazon you will likely never go back to using EC2 without it.

In fact as I write this blog I am on a train heading to New York. There I will teach Learning Tree’s “Cloud Computing with Amazon Web Services” course. That, also, is a great course!

Because there are many private cloud implementations based on the Amazon EC2 model and API (particularly Eucalyptus) Amazon has kind of become the de facto standard for how Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is done. Even if you believe you would never use a public cloud for a production system there is much to be learned about cloud computing from Amazon. Beyond that the public cloud is a great place to do testing, development and proof-of-concept before investing the time and capital required to build your own private cloud. Public clouds such as Amazon can also become part of a hybrid solution that features the best of what private clouds and public clouds have to offer. Learning Tree’s Amazon Web Services course gives you hands-on experience with many aspects of Amazon’s cloud and shows you how to build solutions using the various services offered there.

So if you are a hardcore techie who wants to have end-to-end control over all aspects of a cloud solution come to Learning Tree’s private cloud course. If you would like to understand how to leverage the Amazon public cloud or to understand the service models of arguably the most dominant cloud provider in the world then come to Learning Tree’s Amazon Web Services course. Either way I hope to see you soon!

Kevin Kell

Demystifying Private Cloud Computing

Last week I was on a consulting assignment for a client that is interested in cloud computing but concerned about the security of the cloud. A private cloud is something that could clearly benefit this organisation but then the question arose about how they would provision and deploy a solution and what would the skill requirements be for their staff. Further discussions then lead to considerations such as how big should the private cloud be so that it could cater for peaks in demand as well as future growth. What was clear was that this organisation was considering hosting the private cloud themselves and had not even considered using a third party supplier to provide the private cloud.

Our discussion widened to Amazon AWS and their Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). This is an incredibly powerful private cloud solution that enables the provision of an isolated section of the Amazon AWS cloud. The real power of the Amazon VPC is that it enables the configuration of a network topology that resembles a traditional on premise network with sub networks exposed to Internet access and others totally isolated from Internet access with multiple layers of security including security groups and access control lists. In addition a hardware Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection can be made from the on premise data centres to the VPC resources enabling the Amazon VPC to provide an extension to the corporate data centre that scales on demand.

What is clear is that the power of private cloud computing is not being exploited by many organisations, often due to the misconception that they must be on-premise. To help demystify private cloud computing, Learning Tree have developed a 4 day hands-on course Implementing a Private Cloud Solution that covers in great detail the possibilities that private cloud computing offers together with hands-on exposure to the products from the major vendors. If you are interested in private cloud computing, why not consider attending. If you would like to know more about Amazon AWS and the Amazon VPC why not consider Learning Tree’s 4 day Amazon AWS course.

Chris Czarnecki


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