October 6, 2009 - Gartner, Inc. predicts that through 2012, IT will invest more in private than public cloud providers.

Private cloud computing is a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to internal customers using Internet technologies. Gartner forecasts that private cloud services will be a stepping stone to future public cloud services.

According to the research firm, private cloud computing will be a significant strategic investment for most large organizations. “We predict that through 2012, more than 75 percent of organization’s use of cloud computing will be devoted to very large data queries, short-term massively parallel workloads, or IT use by startups with little to no IT infrastructure,” said Phil Dawson, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement.

Larger IT organizations will likely continue to manage and deploy IT resources internally, according to the analyst. “IT departments will also take on IT service sourcing responsibility – determining when to leverage external providers, when to deploy internally, and when to leverage both for specific services,” said Dawson.

 Read more about cloud computing in Malcolm Chisholm’s recent article, “The Dawn of Big Data.”

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