Buyers Beware “Private Clouds” That Aren’t Clouds at All

By Dan Woods, Forbes:

Unlike many other technology terms that have come and gone, “cloud” will be with us for a long time, but it has become so widely used it has lost its meaning. To understand what someone is talking about, you usually need a modifier, and private cloud is one of the most popular forms that the cloud has taken.

But there is a huge divide in what people mean by private clouds. Service providers like Equinix, Logicworks and many others, offer private clouds that are essentially turnkey systems in which the infrastructure is separated and dedicated, but otherwise the cloud works just like Amazon Web Services, the Rackspace Cloud, or other public clouds. On the other side are private cloud vendors such as VCE, a consortium of VMware, Cisco, and EMC, Hewlett Packard, and others who are offering to sell hardware and software that can be installed in your data center, what I’m calling an “in-house private cloud”… Read more

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