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'Just Enough' Private Cloud: Deliver Value Quickly With Virtualization Automation

Published: 25 August 2016

ID: G00295890

Analyst(s): Alan Waite


Organizations seek the benefits of a private cloud, but IaaS platforms are costly and complex to implement. Infrastructure architects can utilize virtualization automation either in lieu of fully featured private cloud platforms or as a first step toward implementing IaaS private cloud.

Table Of Contents


  • Alternatives to Building IaaS
  • Comparing Private Cloud IaaS to Virtualization Automation
  • Deciding Between VA and Full Internal Private Cloud
    • 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
  • If VA Is the Right Strategy for You, Decide on "Buy Versus Build"
  • Define Which Workloads Are Targeted for VA/Private Cloud
  • Fix the Provisioning Processes Before You Start
  • Enact Ruthless Standardization as the Key to Low-Cost Agility

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