Three Myths about the Private Cloud

Conversations about the private cloud are happening everywhere, as businesses around the globe are continuing to view cloud computing as an integral part of their IT structure. In fact Gartner predicts that “by 2014, IT organizations in 30% of Global 1000 companies will broker (aggregate, integrate and customize) two or more cloud services for internal and external users, up from 5% today.”

Unfortunately, due to this rapid rush to adoption, a number of myths and inaccuracies have sprung into being. Because the cloud comes in an array of forms, services and price points, competing conversations are taking place across the industry – which in turn has led to the creation of more than a few myths. Below are just a couple of the more popular ones:

  • Myth # 1: The biggest advantage of the cloud is that it saves you money
    While it is true that the cloud can reduce operational costs, this is not its largest differentiator. In reality, the Return on Investment in the cloud will far outpace any of the initial savings users may experience. In fact, over the course of time, the adoption of a cloud computing solution will help companies improve their business across a number of fields– including, but not limited to: Quality of Service (QoS), Scalability and Resource Savings.
  • Myth # 2: Cloud computing and virtualization are pretty much the same thing
    Back in the early 2000s, virtualization was king among IT professionals. It offered the promise of less power, reduced costs and greater data availability. It is important to note that even though these benefits are shared by cloud computing, virtualization by itself is not the cloud.
  • Myth # 3: A private cloud is always housed onsite
    Check out myth Number Two for some insight into the origins of this myth. It is true that due to past investments in virtualization, a number of private clouds are currently housed onsite. However, third party providers, through a pool of dedicated private resources, can offer these same security and high availability solutions.

In the end, maybe the biggest myth has to do with the idea that all clouds are created equal. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the cloud is only as secure and stable as the provider and hardware supporting it.

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