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February 2011, Vol. 1 No. 1

Preparing for private cloud construction

In this two-part look at private cloud, we will cover the strategies, technologies and building blocks involved in constructing an in-house cloud. We'll also investigate why all enterprises aren't building private clouds. Has your IT vendor pitched you a private cloud yet? If not, watch out. They're all selling them these days, so it's only matter of time before you'll hear the spin. It's tempting to dismiss the whole idea, because so much cloud computing news amounts to just old products with a new name. But don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. There is something to it. Private clouds offer many of the advantages of public cloud services but without the security concerns and compliance issues that give IT managers the heebie-jeebies. The ability to get instant access to a technology service at a fraction of the cost of traditional IT deployments means that your company can bring new products to market faster. This translates into more dollars for the bottom line. These days, it's hard to ignore this idea. So if private ...

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