My colleague, Tom Bittman, recently wrote this provocative post: Private Cloud Computing is Real – Get Over It. While I roughly agree with the body of the post — "internal IT providers want to make fundamental changes so that they behave and provide similar benefits (on smaller scale) as cloud computing providers" [emphasis added] — I have a problem with the title.
Just because internal IT providers want to build private clouds that offer the benefits of public clouds, doesn’t mean they can. And just because vendors desire to sell internal IT providers something labeled "private cloud", doesn’t mean it is one.
So I suggest that in order to avoid getting ahead of ourselves, or setting false expectations (and to avoid aiding the growing vendor puffery around "private cloud"), one should read Tom’s title as "(The Desire for) Private Cloud Computing is Real – Get Over It." Only time will tell if the reality of the desire evolves into the reality of "private clouds" themselves.
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