Cloud Build Methodology

Cloud Build Methodology

Richard Ehrhardt (IBM, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3016-0.ch006
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The cloud build methodology chapter provides an introduction to the build methods for hybrid clouds. It does this by first introducing the concept of a hybrid cloud and the different types of services provides by clouds. It then overviews the components of hybrid clouds and how these components get incorporated into the design. It takes a brief look at the cost drivers with building a cloud to provide background with design decisions to be made. With the background on the design, it takes the reader through the build of a hybrid cloud and how automation can be used to reduce the cost. Lastly, it takes a brief look at a possible direction of cloud builds.
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There are several different types of cloud. Each type has its own design requirements.

Public Cloud

As with most new technologies, they evolve and change as new uses become available. The initial concept of cloud computing was along the lines of a power supply model. At it’s most fundamental, a power supply model has one or more power generators, a distribution network and a means of measuring a user’s usage. This is not dissimilar to the model initially conceived for cloud computing. One or more central data centres housing all the compute power, a distribution network (the internet) to allow users to access the compute power and user access controls with metering to measure user usage. This is what we today call Public Cloud computing.

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