App compatibility and management integration
By Dale Vile
We were surprised at the strength of positive sentiment and relative lack of ‘boo-sucks’ type feedback from the 570 readers who participated in our recent Reg reader survey on private cloud. Quite a contrast to surveys on hosted cloud services, or even cloud computing in general. Whenever we run these, readers generally aren’t shy about telling us how much they think all that public cloud stuff is over-egged by the vested interests, revolutionaries and religious types. Useful in some scenarios, perhaps, but not some kind of magic that will let you shut down all your servers and go lie on a beach (or join the dole queue) as some people would have you believe.
The reason that private cloud is generally being received more positively by IT pros is because despite the use of the ‘C’ word in its name, it’s really just the natural consequence of a number of trends that have been unfolding in the datacentre computing world for a decade. In fact, our survey respondents made it clear that they while view private cloud as a natural next step from x86 server virtualisation, they don’t think it necessarily has much to do with public cloud services at all.
But what, exactly, is private cloud………?