IT infrastructure and application administrators who have grown accustomed to the management and provisioning capabilities of public and hybrid clouds may be longing for that same functionality within their own privately managed data centers -- and with good reason. In my experience, many private data centers are full of inefficiencies, time-consuming manual processes, and blind spots in data center optimization and utilization. It makes cloud management seem light years ahead.
If you want the benefits found in cloud architectures, why not bite the bullet and choose a service provider? While this might sound appealing, in certain circumstances, it's simply not possible.
IT departments get stuck supporting at least a portion of their applications and data in-house and without the cloud features they have become so fond of. But there is another option: Even though you may have to operate your own data center, you can convert it to a private cloud.
Public and hybrid cloud spending are growing at a significantly faster pace than private clouds. Still, there's a substantial market for private cloud. IDC forecasts that by 2019 annual private cloud spending will reach nearly $20 billion globally.
Because of the projected growth of private cloud spending, there are some wonderful private cloud options available that give you all the flexibility and ease of administration that you can get from cloud service providers.
At the same time, private clouds offer the increased visibility and peace of mind you get when you're fully controlling and protecting your own data.
Here are seven reasons why you should consider transforming your traditionally managed data center into a private cloud of your very own. The benefits are widespread and cover factors such as cost savings, rapid and streamlined provisioning, elimination of repetitive manual processes, and better accounting tools.
If you're considering -- or merely curious about -- converting from a traditionally managed private data center to one with the cloud's management, scalability, and efficiency improvements, read on to learn more. Once you've reviewed these options, let us know what you think in the comments section below. Are you currently using a private cloud? Is it an option you're considering? Do you have any of your own pros or cons to share?