Gartner Research

Q&A: The Many Aspects of Private Cloud Computing

Published: 22 October 2009

ID: G00171807

Analyst(s): Thomas Bittman


Cloud computing is at the Peak of Inflated Expectations on the Gartner "Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing, 2009." The idea of private cloud computing is appealing, extremely confusing, and very misleading. We discuss common questions and answers.

Table Of Contents
  • What is private cloud computing?
  • What are the benefits of private cloud computing?
  • Is private cloud computing just a well-run data center?
  • Why build a private cloud service rather than buy public cloud services?
  • Is private cloud computing right for enterprises of all sizes?
  • Are there cloud-computing styles between fully public and fully private?
  • What are examples of private cloud services?
  • Will private cloud services exist at all levels of the IT stack?
  • What are the basic elements of a private cloud service?
  • How does private cloud computing compare with Gartner's real-time infrastructure?
  • How does a company start with private cloud computing?
  • Will every IT service become a cloud service — private or public?
  • How will private cloud services evolve?

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