Why Build a Private IaaS Cloud
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Overview: Cloud computing is the convergence of a variety of trends, including network-centric application access, the consumerization of IT, greatly increased scale and complexity, open source, and virtualization. Many organizations are adopting private clouds because they want to gain the operational benefits of cloud computing while retaining maximum control over their IT infrastructure.
Virtualization is typically the foundation for and the path to cloud, but by itself can result in virtual machine sprawl and new silos. An infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud, such as Red Hat CloudForms, can be used to operationalize governance and automation of an IT infrastructure, but it's important to establish the associated policies and processes up-front.