Business falling in love with Private Cloud

Business falling in love with Private Cloud

Business Love Private Cloud

The latest results out from a US centric survey into business expectations from data centres is out in the form of the Annual North American Data Center Demand Survey and they seem to show that demand for private clouds remain on the up and up.

The survey covered 300 odd IT executive from various companies around the US and found that most of them seem to be on the path to implementing their own in-house or hybrid based cloud computing solutions, rather than jumping on board with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft or Google.

This represents something of a shift from the traditional view of using massively scaled public cloud services to handle ad-hoc and day to day load of various tasks and seems to stem from a couple of factors.

Firstly, many businesses are nervous about security in the public cloud – and we’re not just talking about about the wrong users getting access to the data. There’s also a general fear that if something goes wrong, your data is not at arm’s reach and you may encounter issues getting access to it. When your service provider is a faceless entity, potentially on the other side of the country or world – who do you turn to when there’s a problem?

This fear is not entirely without foundation: in previous examples of Microsoft’s Azure outages, for example, many users complained of not being able to get any updates on what was wrong and how long it should take to fix. Where these users represented IT staff or users of business critical applications, this would certainly have been a frustrating and painful experience.

The second issue users seemed to be worry about was the high cost of storage in the public cloud. Although the commoditisation of cloud services has certainly lowered the cost of processing and memory (often when they’re shared), storage cannot be shared and has remained quite cost prohibitive to get access to larger quantities.

Here’s some other big take away items from the survey:

  • Most companies, 98% of them in fact, are planning to expand their server presence in the coming year.
  • The biggest drivers for increased data centre / server capacity for business seem to be increased application workloads and more so, additional storage requirements.
  • 61% of business are planning to implement or move to some measure of private cloud in the coming year.

There definitely seems to be a strong appetite for hybrid and private clouds emerging, although certainly not at the same pace as the public clouds are growing their consumer base and the reasons behind businesses drive to move in this direction are real and compelling.

None the less, both cloud options have their place and will suit various users and businesses and, as with everything else in life, people are going to need to check out all their options, do their research and work out what options are going to work best for them.

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RodneyI'm a veteran of way too many years of IT (although I still love it) and I currently head up the techincal work over at Host One (major sponsor of this site), where I'm also a partner. Feel free to ask me anything about Cloud Computing and I'll try to be helpful, in a non-salesy kind of way.View all posts by Rodney →

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