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Weighing private cloud provider software options
This article is part of the Private Cloud issue of February 2011, Vol. 1 No. 1
IT shops first turned to virtualization to consolidate hardware and reduce IT costs. But today, virtualized infrastructure has evolved well beyond these use cases. Now IT departments can use virtualized environments to create IT as a Service (IaaS) models. They can share software and hardware resources, more flexibly and dynamically serve up applications to end users, and reduce management and maintenance headaches. And IT departments can potentially provide this new flexibility while still reducing costs. This grand vision for computing— also known as a private cloud computing model—holds serious potential but also substantial caveats. While many technology vendors tout their products as all-encompassing cloud “suites,” many fall short of enabling a “true” cloud environment. Indeed, many lack key management features—from Web portals to template customization to visibility into physical resources— or rely on other providers to fill in feature gaps—but at the expense of ease of use. To make good on the promise of a private cloud ...
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