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Transforming Private Clouds: A Primer

I was at a security hardware vendor Crossbeam the other day and we got to talking about private clouds, which the Crossbeam devices can help secure. As we got to talking, the definition of a private cloud came up. Many use the term without explaining what it means.

After some discussion it seems to me that a private cloud is a datacenter or area within it that is virtualized. What makes that virtual infrastructure cloud-like is the level of virtualization -- it has to be elastic and feel like a utility. This all has to do with live failover, orchestration, elasticity and management.

Eric Beehler, writing for Virtualization Review, walks through the benefits of private clouds and how to achieve them. If you are confused by the concept (which has been ill-defined) but interested in its use, check out Eric's piece here.

What is your take on private clouds -- hype or great hope? Vote at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 01/17/2012 at 12:47 PM


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