Gartner Research

The Many Faces of Private Cloud

Published: 14 January 2020

ID: G00342755

Analyst(s): Alan Waite


Private workloads continue to be critical for most organizations, and I&O technical professionals must modernize private infrastructure in parallel with public cloud adoption. The key is to decide how much and what type of “private cloud” is enough.

Table Of Contents



  • What Is Private Cloud?
  • Alternative Hosting and Management Models for Infrastructure
  • Technology Approaches for the Control Plane
    • Hyperconverged and Software-Defined Infrastructure
    • Virtualization Automation
    • Continuous Infrastructure Automation
    • IaaS Orchestrators
    • Container Orchestrators
    • CaaS Solutions
    • Private PaaS Platforms


  • Define Infrastructure and Control Plane Responsibility
  • Choose the Simplest Combination of Approaches That Meets Your Needs
  • Clearly Define the Modernization Outcome to the Business
  • Plan for Changes in Internal I&O Team Structure and Skills

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