An emerging trend in the private cloud market is the integration of more application life-cycle management tools, Nelson notes. IT operations administrators provide blueprints of how applications should be designed to run them in the private cloud, or they provide preconfigured applications and offer those to users in a self-service catalog.
One area that still needs a lot of work is hybrid cloud integration, Nelson says. Private cloud platforms today, for the most part, provide only limited functionality for managing both internal private clouds and public cloud resources that sit outside a customer's firewall. At the most, platforms typically offer the ability to provision Amazon Web Services resources in the public cloud. But, advanced functionality such as the ability to manage multiple different heterogeneous environments (public and private), from multiple vendors under a single pane of glass are still being developed by providers. There are some exceptions - for example Microsoft has strong connections into its Azure cloud services, while Eucalyptus is focused on providing connections into the AWS's cloud.
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