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April 2012, Issue 2

Strategies, best practices for private cloud coming to light

Analysts and prognosticators have long pointed toward a shift to private cloud, but those predictions don’t come with a how-to guide.  A report from Ventana Research in San Ramon, Calif., say that within 12 months, two-thirds of enterprises plan on having three or more cloud-based data sources. But while some IT managers remain leery of jumping into public cloud, that skepticism does not exist for private cloud, mainly because it is not weighed down by the same security concerns.  “There’s always going to be a segment of the market that feels they need to own and operate their own IT and data center facilities to meet their business objectives,” said Jeff Kaplan, consultant with Wellesley, Mass.-based THINKstrategies. “While most people are becoming increasingly comfortable with augmenting their in-house resources, very few are willing to give them up entirely.”  Private cloud has become the compromise, the way to get the efficiency and benefits of cloud computing without worrying about the security, governance and compliance ...

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