Neil MacDonald

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Neil MacDonald
VP & Gartner Fellow
15 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

Neil MacDonald is a vice president, distinguished analyst and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research. Mr. MacDonald is a member of Gartner's information security and privacy research team, focusing on operating system and application-level security strategies. Specific research areas include Windows security…Read Full Bio

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Private Clouds

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 2, 2010  |  2 Comments

I’ve just completed work with a team of analysts on a Gartner Research Spotlight focused on private cloud computing.

Whether your like or hate the term “private cloud”, the trend is real. These are the types of questions you are asking us:

  • How can we make our own enterprise data centers act more like what the public cloud providers use?
  • How can we move towards 1000 to 1 or even 5000 to 1 server-to-administrator ratios?
  • How can we add self-service interfaces to make the provisioning of workloads (and associated security policy) integrated and seamless?
  • How can we take advantage of scale out architectures on inexpensive x86 compute fabrics?

These are the types of questions addressed by this research set.

There’s quite a few research notes included:

“Private Cloud Computing: An Essential Overview”

“Key Considerations in the Development of a Private Cloud Architecture”

“From Secure Virtualization to Secure Private Clouds”

“Test and Quality Management: The First Frontier for Private Cloud”

“Comparing Infrastructure Utility Services and Private Clouds”

“Top Seven Considerations for Configuration Management for Virtual and Cloud Infrastructures”

“Cloud Environments Need a CMDB and a CMS”

“Microsoft’s Windows Azure Platform Appliance: A Major Experiment”

“VMware and Private Cloud Computing”

“VMware Pushes Further Into the Security Market With Its vShield Offerings”

Security plays a critical role in enabling private clouds, and two of the research notes for clients I authored are included in this set – the research note titled “From Secure Virtualization to Secure Private Clouds” and the research note titled “VMware Pushes Further Into the Security Market With Its vShield Offerings”.


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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alain Yap   December 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Will definitely save precious research time for those wanting to dive into the private cloud world.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing a couple of other vendors’ takes apart from MSFT and VM though.


  • 2 Neil MacDonald   December 2, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    @Alain – at the Infrastructure as a Service level VMware and MS dominate the mindshare of our clients – which other vendors would you suggest?
    I’ll pass them along to the team