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Virtual Automation: "Just Enough" Private Cloud

Published: 22 September 2014

ID: G00269242

Analyst(s): Alan Waite


Organizations seek the benefits of an internal private cloud, but CMPs are costly and complex to implement. A simple solution is virtual automation in lieu of fully featured CMPs or as a first step on the journey to implementing a fully featured internal private cloud.

Table Of Contents


  • Comparing Private Cloud IaaS to Virtual Automation
  • Deciding Between Virtual Automation and Full Internal Private Cloud IaaS
    • Define the Actual Requirements of Your Organization
    • Think About the Long-Term Strategy
    • Decide on Buy Versus Build
    • Consider the Impact on Staff Members, as Well as the Skills Required
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Choose the Level of Private Cloud That You Really Need Based on Business Requirements, Staff Impacts and Long-Term Strategy
  • Decide on "Buy Versus Build" If Virtual Automation Is the Right Strategy for You
  • Define Which Workloads Are Targeted for Virtual Automation/Private Cloud
  • Fix the Provisioning Processes Before You Start
  • Enact Ruthless Standardization as the Key to Low-Cost Agility

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