With private clouds, you receive most of the benefits of public cloud computing without leaving the security of your data center.

You have to lay out the capital for the required infrastructure, but you do get all the other benefits of cloud computing, including:

  • self-service provisioning
  • scalability
  • elasticity to respond to changing business needs, and
  • the ability to spread the fixed costs for technology you already own over a longer term.

Private clouds have the extra benefit of allowing you to provide additional levels of security, control, and customization capabilities. The combination of private cloud benefits and the comfort level that comes with keeping your data at home explains why a recent survey of Gartner clients found that 75% of companies expect to build private clouds.

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