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10 Trends in Private Cloud


10 Trends in Private Cloud


Private CloudIs private cloud a fad? Where is private cloud heading?

With many IT organizations moving away from public clouds out of concern for security, the storing of sensitive data outside corporate firewalls, and the essential lack of control taken from IT, private cloud computing is heating up with a number of trends that setting private cloud apart. 

Here are 10 viewpoints from experts at Gartner, Forrester, Forbes, CIO.com and more sharing how they see private cloud growing in today's data centers.

1. Increase in Real Deployments of Private Cloud (Gartner)

We'll see about a 10X increase in private cloud deployments in 2012. Enterprises will find where private cloud makes sense, and where it's completely over-hyped. We'll see successes – and there will also be a number of failures (we've seen some already).

By Tom Bittman, Vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner Research
Top Five Private Cloud Computing Trends, 2012 

2. Private Clouds Will Go beyond Virtualization (Forrester)

A virtualized data center is not (yet) a private cloud. With an increasing understanding of cloud computing, companies will shift their focus from technical virtualization projects to focus on the change management aspects required for flexible business models between IT and the line of business.

By Holger Kisker, Ph.D. Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals
10 Cloud Predictions For 2012 

3. Private Cloud Can be Shared Amongst Business Applications

Once you offer similar cloud attributes on your private infrastructure, internal business owners should find your internal IT services more appealing. These are services more closely aligned to your corporation's internal systems and unique goals. Business application owners can also get easy access to the shared infrastructure while limiting their risk.

By Kent Christensen, virtualization practice manager for Datalink
5 Reasons to Own Your Cloud 

4. Private Cloud and Enterprise Architecture Converge To Private PaaS

As the sea-change that is cloud computing washes over the industry, certain aspects of cloud that make their way into the enterprise as private cloud will move enterprise architecture from fairy-tale to reality. The most important of the cloud form factors for enterprise IT will be Platform as a Service (PaaS), deployed internally as a private PaaS. Rather than evolving down independent paths, private cloud and enterprise architecture have converged to private PaaS.

By Sinclair Schuller, CEO and co-founder Apprend
Private PaaS: The Convergence of Private Cloud & Enterprise Architecture 

5. Enterprises Gain Access Into Private Cloud Environment

What will be key for the widespread adoption of this model will be the evolution of "shrink wrap," turnkey, private clouds – essentially, making the enterprise hardware/software mere appliances. Think of this as the Apple approach to enterprise cloud computing – simple, easy to use, easy to manage – packaged hardware and software together to deliver a fully integrated cloud at a cost-effective price point. 

By Darryl Brown, Director of Cloud, SaaS and Media at Telx
Cloud Computing Trends to Watch in 2012 

6. Private Cloud in a Box

With the advent of converged architecture, it's become easier and more affordable to bring private cloud services back into the data center. IT can deliver the same applications, storage, and services to users, but the remote provider is removed from the equation. The simplicity of converged architecture management also helps make this possible, whereas the job of managing multiple systems and cloud platforms was previously too convoluted for most IT shops.

By William Van Winkle 
Convergence Reshaping the Private Cloud

7. Private Cloud Deployments Will Continue To Dominate the Years Ahead

Most of these budgets are going to private clouds hosted within the walls of enterprises. Private cloud deployments are currently where the majority of information is stored in the cloud (24%), and the trend will continue to dominate 18 months from now (33%).The strongest private cloud implementations will involve IT infrastructure management; security management; financials; and supply chain management — all planned by a majority of respondents.

Joe McKendrick, Author and researcher in innovation, information technology trends and markets
More Than One-Third of IT Budgets Now Spent on Cloud: Survey 

8. Private Cloud Preferred over Public

Sixty-two percent of respondents to an onsite survey of network engineers, IT managers and executives attending Interop have some type of private cloud. The majority houses their private cloud internally (57 percent), while only 5 percent use an external private cloud service like Amazon VPC, Savvis Symphony Dedicated or Citrix Cloud.com.

9. Speed and Agility are Key Drivers for Private Cloud

Speed of deployment and operational agility are increasingly recognised as the key drivers for migrating to a private Cloud environment – the ability to launch and adapt new business services and applications in days or hours, without needing weeks of hardware set up to support them.

By Stuart Lauchlan, business and technology journalists and industry commentators
The Cloud is Now – for Those in the Know 

10. Hybrid Cloud Gets Practical with Private Cloud

While the hybrid cloud concept is great it has never caught on in enterprises. This is primarily due to the unavailability of management infrastructure that can manage private cloud and public cloud infrastructure together. However, as more integration tools are emerging it is possible that we might finally see hybrid clouds emerge as a major trend in the next 2 years. 

By Balaji Sundara, CloudTweaks
7 Salient Trends and Directions in Cloud Computing

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