The private cloud ecosystem in China is coming of age with private cloud becoming a critical element of the business technology agenda to power digital transformation, according to a new report by Forrester.
Public cloud services have received the most attention, but in practice, many infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals look towards private cloud to increase control, security, and privacy.
A Forrester survey indicates 73 percent of Chinese infrastructure technology decision makers agreeing that building an internal private cloud will be a high or critical priority for their organisation over the next 12 months.
China's private cloud landscape has evolved over the last years with local vendors having significantly improved their functionality and overall offerings. This gives potential customers a healthy, growing, and intensely competitive ecosystem to choose from.
Requirements for private cloud
Forrester's report advises I&O professionals to balance the needs of their private cloud stakeholders. These professionals should use dialogues to strike the right balance between business and developer priorities and get them to the same destination with minimal friction.
I&O professionals should also embrace a certain degree of vendor lock-in as it is a pervasive fear for I&O pros when building infrastructure.
Besides that, I&O professionals need to plan how to operate a growing multi-cloud portfolio. Private cloud is not the sole task in supporting digital business transformation.
Public cloud services like software-as-a-service (SaaS) have already become a key option for Chinese companies to enable business agility and digital innovation.
An ideal future technology portfolio should be a mix of existing systems, private cloud, SaaS apps, and public cloud platforms. I&O professionals should thus plan for and allocate responsibilities for cross-cloud operations, including app integration, migration, and performance management.
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