One of the often-hyped advantages of the cloud is the speed with which you can deploy a new service. In theory, you can whack down your credit card details and instantly have something working. But in reality, any full-scale shift to the cloud is going to require a planning process that takes months, if not years.
It seems obvious that virtualisation should offer the potential to save on licensing costs, but how does that actually work out in practice? The example of ING Bank provides some answers, and also demonstrates how private cloud deployments, virtualisation and improved disaster recovery often operate hand in hand.
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Our fifth and final Lifehacker Live private cloud video looks to the future. How will private cloud evolve and how can you be best prepared for those changes?
How can you justify the budget for a private cloud deployment, and what are the best ROI metrics in place? Our fourth Lifehacker Live private cloud video examines how to properly identify cost of ownership and how to get management on board.