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July 2013, Volume 2, Number 7

Misleading private cloud adoption stats hide underlying problems

When it comes to private cloud adoption, you could be forgiven for thinking it's been somewhat of a disappointment. Adopting private cloud Part 1: Misleading private cloud adoption stats hide underlying problems Part 2: Ditching commercial offerings for open source private cloud software Pundits have long insisted that widespread private cloud buildouts are a foregone conclusion, but reality begs to differ. While the technology to build a private cloud has been available for several years, uptake has been slow. At first glance, private cloud adoption figures seem relatively robust. Forrester Research, for example, said that 31% of its enterprise customers claim to have a private cloud in place, and another 17% plan to build one in the next 12 months. But upon closer examination, only 13% of those organizations that report having a private cloud have a "true" private cloud, said Lauren Nelson, an analyst with the firm. "Most have adopted a software solution that improves their management capabilities," Nelson said. More often ...

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