Gartner: Why private clouds fail

Most private clouds don't meet their expectations, here's why

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Most businesses believe their private clouds have failed, according to a survey by research firm Gartner.

Gartner analyst Tom Bittman says 95% of respondents reported that some aspect of their IaaS private cloud has gone wrong. In other words, 19 out of 20 private cloud implementations are leaving something to be desired. The obvious question is: why?

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In a recent blog post Bittman lists the top six reasons he believes private clouds fail. Here’s a link to his blog, but in summary they are:

-Focusing on the wrong benefits: Many times cloud projects are pursued as a money-saving endeavor. That’s missing the point of all the benefits a true cloud strategy can bring.  

-It’s not really a cloud: Many people mischaracterize highly virtualized environment as a private cloud. It may not have features such as self-service or rapid elasticity, key tenets of a true IaaS cloud.

-Getting nitty-gritty: A cloud project will require infrastructure and operations teams to work together. Failure to do so yield a failed cloud project.  

-Changing infrastructure, but not changing processes: Instituting a private cloud isn’t just about installing new technology; it’s about having a workforce that uses the features of the cloud to their fullest extent in their work process.

-Don’t forget to get paid: A key aspect of cloud computing is a charge-back model that allows business units to be held accountable for which resources are used.

-Align IT and business: As Bittman notes: “Optimizing for everything means optimizing for nothing.” Finding the right balance of what the cloud’s main benefits should be require IT and business users to be on the same page.

What do you think are the biggest roadblocks to a private cloud computing deployment?

See a more in-depth look by Bittman at the problems in private cloud deployments in another blog post here.

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