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Forrester: 70 percent of "private clouds" aren't really clouds at all

Brandon Butler | Feb. 27, 2013
If an enterprise data center has a highly virtualized environment, a web portal for business users to request and access virtual machines and a method for tracking how many of those resources are being used... that's not quite a private cloud.

Maybe the enterprise doesn't need elastic scalability because there are static workloads. It still has all the other benefits of a cloud - self-service, chargebacks, broad network access and a shared resource pool. But, it may not technically meet that NIST definition. "So, if you want to be technical, call it what it is: A highly efficient virtual environment," Mann says.

So where does all this cloud-washing come from? Staten says fundamentally IT administrators are scared of the cloud. Virtualization experts within the enterprise used to be the top-dogs; when resources were needed, they provisioned the capacity. Cloud is seen as threatening that model by giving users self-service and dynamically scalable resources. What's left for the virtualization expert to do?

Staten says that's the wrong way to think about it. There's still a lot for IT administrator set up, making sure the cloud has a catalog of options available to users, complete with the appropriate security protocols, resource availability and virtualization components. Admins must embrace that philosophy, because if they don't then users will access the resources themselves anyway, leading to the dreaded "shadow IT."

 

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