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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

One response to “Structure 2010: Public-Private Cloud Flareups”

  1. Glenn Gruber @ggruber66

    @krishnan, I agree that there is too much murky/false information out there and that there are plenty of CIO, and even more business executives, which are confused about Cloud and it’s probably slowing adoption of Cloud strategies. But I do believe that it’s important to be clear about the differences between Public and Private Cloud.

    I personally am in the camp that Private Cloud isn’t really Cloud because it doesn’t meet some of the basic definitional attributes of Cloud, specifically the elasticiity/scalability, OpEx v. CapEx and metering/billing aspects.

    But in my mind companies should look at the journey from Private to Public Cloud as a evolutionary journey. You don’t want to just throw out the existing IT assets you have (exactly the point that I think Werner is trying to make when he said highlighted the “all or nothing” FUD about Public Clouds). But you should outline a long-term strategy to move to the Public Cloud as those assets wane and should be retired. Perhaps that context will help clarify the direction that organizations can take when evaluating their Cloud strategies.