Private Cloud: Top 5 Trends
Bittman anticipates an approximately 10-times increase in private cloud deployments, which will show enterprises where cloud fits and where its completely overhyped. Ultimately, this will lead to an immediate future of quick trial and error.
Private cloud plans will give way to more hybrid cloud computing, what Bittman points to as resource pool expansion. Even though hybrid growth is rare currently, planning will impact architecture plans and vendor selection in the near term.
The cloud management platform market is nascent. Choices will grow under these four categories: virtualization platforms growing upward; traditional vendors reaching downward; open source initiatives (Bittman notes OpenStack); and startups geared on Amazon interoperability.
Bittman writes: While on-premises private clouds are becoming the most common, theres a growing interest in private clouds managed by service providers but with varying levels of privacy, and understanding that is critical.
Only defining deployments on lower cost margins will find many enterprises missing the mark over the next year, Bittman predicts. Instead, sophistication and understanding of business requirements will propel deeper success on private deployments. Best practices and lessons from early adopters will also set the tone for private cloud in 2012.
Theres no shortage of talk on cloud computing. But Gartner analyst Thomas J. Bittman recently cut through the hype to determine the five key trends that are influencing private cloud computing.