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Is the private cloud ripe for enterprise companies?

Private cloud computing is a major trend for 2013. As many companies are looking toward private cloud computing this year it is important that enterprise companies also look toward the private cloud. Like any trend in IT there can be hype around hot topics. Gartner has come up with 5 recommendations for enterprise companies when it comes to the private cloud that they believe are not hype.

  1. Private cloud is not the goal, the goal of the enterprise should always be on the value and benefits they need
  2. Private cloud offerings should focus on services that need speed
  3. Enterprises should fully evaluate options for private clouds
  4. Enterprises should not limit themselves to IaaS, but also look into PaaS
  5. Enterprises should design private clouds with hybrid clouds in mind

Do you agree with Gartner that these are good recommendations for enterprise companies when it comes to the private cloud making them ripe? Or do you disagree with Gartner and think these recommendations are hype?

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Will the private cloud always be private?

Gartner believes that the private cloud will become more and more public with time. Over time public cloud services will continue to mature, improving both security and management. Gartner believes that companies should be prepared to leverage these services.

With the private cloud and the public cloud both maturing Gartner believes that a hybrid cloud will emerge that will expand on the effective capacities of both clouds. And they believe that most organizations will choose the hybrid cloud model for maximum utilization.

Do you agree that the private cloud will slowly give way to a hybrid cloud and this is ripe? Or do you disagree and believe that the private cloud will always be private, making this hype?

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What is the private cloud?

The private cloud continues to grow as one of the hottest IT trends. The private cloud has impacted IT and pushed other IT initiatives forward, including the continued implementation of both virtualization and cloud computing. However, as the private cloud continues to grow more and more popular there is more hype around the private cloud and some of what is being said is not true.

Because of this hype Gartner has come up with 5 things that they believe private cloud is not:

  1. The private cloud is not virtualization: the private cloud leverages virtualization, but it is not the end product.
  2. The private cloud is not just about cost reduction: the private cloud can often save money, but it is not only about cost reduction.
  3. The private cloud is not necessarily on premises: the private cloud is defined by privacy, not location; therefore it may or may not be on the premises.
  4. The private cloud is not only IaaS: this is a major enabler for private cloud computing, however the private cloud is not limited to IaaS.
  5. The private cloud is not always going to be private: over time the private cloud will mature and improve and it is important to leverage these services.

Do these 5 things that the private cloud is not help you to understand the private cloud better and are ripe? Or are they hype?

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Is the time for cloud experimenting over?

Over the last year many organizations have started using the cloud. In the beginning stages of the cloud many organizations experimented with how they used the cloud and what they used it for. Of these organizations most have only used the cloud where they feel like it was truly necessary.

But many industry analysts believe that 2013 is the year that companies will need to become more serious about the cloud. John Treadway from Cloud Technology Partners believes 2013 will mean that companies need to become serious about the cloud as a part of their IT operations. Along with other analysts Treadway believes companies will need to implement a hybrid cloud strategy that puts select workloads in the public cloud and keeps others in house.

Do you believe this is ripe and therefore agree with Treadway and other industry analysts that 2013 is a time to get serious about the cloud as part of IT operations? Or do you believe that Treadway’s views are only hype?

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Are new skills needed for the cloud?

The role of the cloud in IT has created a whole new set of skills that are required for IT professionals to know. This new skill set is larger than the industry has ever seen before. First it is important for IT professionals to understand the technical aspects of the cloud their organization has selected (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS). It is also important for them to understand the technical differences between private and public clouds, and to particularly understand the solution(s) they are working with. And lastly they need to understand the management issues related to cloud delivery and governance.

While the cloud has created a new skill set it has also enabled IT departments and CIOs to play a more strategic role. The cloud has given them the capability to work closely with the business and focus on overall objectives. While skill sets will need to adapt to the cloud from the CIO to the IT operational staff the cloud has the ability to free up time and grow skills that will build a more effective IT department in the long run.

Do you agree this is ripe and a new skill set is needed for the cloud? Or do you believe this is hype and there are no extra skills needed for the cloud?

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