And that represents an irony of the private cloud: Many of the early adopters of these do-it-yourself cloud stacks are public cloud service providers -- who will of course opt for open source solutions. HP and Rackspace, for example, both offer IaaS based on OpenStack. For private cloud enterprise customers, only those that have already implemented wide-scale server virtualization need apply, and adoption of more advanced private cloud functionality will take years.
Just get it done A long private cloud gestation period for the private cloud may not bode well for IT. Once, users and the competitive marketplace in which they operated were willing to endure protracted waiting periods for suitable solutions. No more.
Expectations have changed. Consumer technology, from mobile devices to social networking, simply works. The business version of that experience can be found in SaaS, where browser-based applications are typically simple to use -- and more important, where users can simply fire up an account on their own rather than waiting for IT to procure, deploy, and maintain an on-premises application. No wonder the adoption public cloud services continues to accelerate.
It's clear that IT needs to catch up with that agility, unless it wants to cede more and more of its domain to the public cloud.
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