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If you’ve had a chance to read some of the articles on this blog and the information at the current Microsoft Private Cloud site over at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/private-cloud/default.aspx, you’ll know that cloud computing, including private cloud, is much more than just virtualization or a virtualized data center. While virtualization is an enabling technology for cloud (and some might argue that it’s required, although you can build a cloud with blade servers, for example), it does not define cloud. Remember, in order to have a cloud solution, the solution needs to include the following characteristics:
You can find details on these characteristics of private cloud in the NIST definition of cloud computing over at:
Note that the definition of cloud computing will likely evolve over time, but this is one of the best working definitions we have right now.
However, if the NIST paper doesn’t convince you, then you should check out what Tad, from VMlimited, has to say about cloud computing over at the VMlimited web site.
Tom Shinder email@example.com Principal Knowledge Engineer, SCD iX Solutions Group Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tshinder Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tshinder
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Hi Thomas. I agree. I wrote a blog about this subject this weekend:
That's great! We all need to work together to get the word out so that people understand Private Cloud and the value Private Cloud gives the organization.