Public Cloud Reality: Do We Stay Or Do We Go?

Soon the backup power will be available for our new datacenter and the redesign to make use of VMware vCloud Suite is nearing completion. Soon, our full private cloud will be ready for our existing workloads. These workloads however now run within a XenServer based public cloud. So the question is, do we stay in a poorly performing public cloud (mentioned in our Public Cloud Reality series) or move back to our own private cloud? As the Clash put it “Should I Stay or Should I Go Now.”

We are actually leaning towards moving on or more importantly back to our own Private Cloud where we can optimize for the performance we require. For a small enterprise this is always a tough decision, on one hand you have the cost of maintaining your own systems and the other you have the fact that we would be maintaining our own systems so we could test and play with new and old products. On the one hand, I gotta say the Cloud has been relatively maintenance free, well so has our own data center and private cloud. We occasionally change things in our own private cloud, but not all that often. VMware vSphere “Just Works”.

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