As the cloud market gathers steam, a divide is forming between proponents of public clouds and those of private clouds. A recent report from IDC in New Zealand indicates that, for the moment, private clouds may have the edge.
The report, “Cloud for Business: Big Bang Principle but Evolutionary Execution,” was interned to examine the provisioning of cloud services among businesses in New Zealand and investigate how they are using these services to best effect. What was discovered was that many of the businesses surveyed were running a virtual private cloud (VPC) or hybrid model, often lacking in many “typical” cloud features such as self-service provisioning or consumption-based metering.
According to Raskia Versleijen-Pradhan, a Senior IT Services Analyst for the New Zealand IT Services Market, businesses will often “use private clouds as a stepping stone to tap into broader public cloud environments.” Many companies see the advantage that the cloud can bring, but are not comfortable moving all of their data to a public server.
Many vendors in the report chose to use either hybrid or VPCs, including big players such as IBM and Unisys. Often times, these companies choose to use a private cloud in order to address efficiency issues for clients, and only move them to a public option if asked to do so.
Traditional ITSP providers in the New Zealand market have taken to launching managed services and removing much of the management headache from clients when it comes to these services. In the new cloud and virtualized world, clients have been shown not to care how a service works or what changes have been made, but what the service provides.
While public clouds may yet make stronger inroads, hybrid and VPCs are the current cloud of choice.