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Why 'Private Cloud' Computing Is Real -- And Worth Considering
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 16 April 2009 12:06
To some, it's the same data center strategy by a trendier name. Don't believe them.

By Charles Babcock
April 11, 2009 12:02 AM

Companies that want the benefits of cloud computing services without the risks are looking to create cloud-like environments in their own data centers. To do it, they'll need to add a layer of new technologies--virtualization management, cloud APIs, self-service portals, chargeback systems, and more--to existing data center systems and processes.

Be ready for a debate as you discuss this new way of doing things. Just the term "private cloud" irks some computer industry veterans, who argue that cloud computing by definition is something that happens outside of your data center, or that the technologies involved in private clouds have been around for years, or both. Even some of my InformationWeek colleagues pooh-pooh private clouds. "Nothing new under the sun," scoffed one editor. [Comments...]

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