A strong minority of enterprise IT shops are prioritizing the development of a private cloud, but Forrester surveys suggest these moves will fail. The reason lies in the motivation behind these efforts and the focus. Most are building private clouds to keep their developers from going to the public cloud and are focused on the physical aspects of the cloud, not the operations - and it's the operations that make the cloud.
Stories by James Staten
It seems as if every CIO comes back from a conference cocktail party demanding IT "move to the cloud”. While this can mean many things, including using software-as-a-service (SaaS), managed hosting, or application service providers (ASP), the demand often centres on moving applications out of your own budget-sucking data centre and up to an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud platform.
Forrester defines cloud computing as: