The private cloud continues to grow as one of the hottest IT trends. The private cloud has impacted IT and pushed other IT initiatives forward, including the continued implementation of both virtualization and cloud computing. However, as the private cloud continues to grow more and more popular there is more hype around the private cloud and some of what is being said is not true.

Because of this hype Gartner has come up with 5 things that they believe private cloud is not:

  1. The private cloud is not virtualization: the private cloud leverages virtualization, but it is not the end product.
  2. The private cloud is not just about cost reduction: the private cloud can often save money, but it is not only about cost reduction.
  3. The private cloud is not necessarily on premises: the private cloud is defined by privacy, not location; therefore it may or may not be on the premises.
  4. The private cloud is not only IaaS: this is a major enabler for private cloud computing, however the private cloud is not limited to IaaS.
  5. The private cloud is not always going to be private: over time the private cloud will mature and improve and it is important to leverage these services.

Do these 5 things that the private cloud is not help you to understand the private cloud better and are ripe? Or are they hype?

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