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Hosted Private Clouds: The Alternative to Building It Yourself

Published: 29 January 2016

ID: G00292932

Analyst(s): Alan Waite


A private cloud is expensive and complex to build. Enterprise architects can solve these issues by utilizing a hosted or outsourced private cloud offering. This document analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of hosted or outsourced approaches and the major types of offerings available.

Table Of Contents


  • Types of Cloud Offering
  • Alternatives to Cloud IaaS
  • Differentiating Hosted Private Cloud Offerings
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Decide What Workloads Need to Be "Private"
  • Avoid Complexity and Significant Customization (and Self-Lock-In) by Externalizing Capabilities
  • Understand That "IaaS Cloud" Is Not a Requirement for All Private Workloads
  • Evaluate Providers Based on Your Unique Requirements
  • Plan for a Hybrid IT Environment — Public Cloud Will Also Be in the Picture

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