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Private Cloud Computing: The Only Thing Real so Far is the Desire

by Nick Gall  |  February 9, 2009  |  3 Comments

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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Nicholas Gall
VP Distinguished Analyst
14 years at Gartner
35 years IT industry

Nick Gall is a vice president in Gartner Research. As a founding member of Gartner’s Enterprise Planning and Architecture Strategies, Mr. Gall advises clients on enterprise strategies for interoperability, innovation and execution. Mr. Gall is a leading authority on middleware… Read Full Bio


Thoughts on Private Cloud Computing: The Only Thing Real so Far is the Desire


  1. I think an interesting precursor to the adoption of enterprise private clouds will be the adoption by hosting companies of “cloud in a box” software. In the next 24 months, many companies that offer dedicated servers, or shared hosting are going to roll out cloud offerings similar to Amazon EC2. If this goes well, it will mean that the software for creating an EC2 like environment will need to be relatively mature, not incredibly expensive, and reasonably reliable. If that happens, enterprises will certainly take notice.

    We’re definitely seeing this trend now at VMOps, the early adopters are the big hosting companies, while the enterprise customers are by and large still waiting to see how things shake out, and which technology ends up being reliable and cost effective.

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