Ten Reasons to Go with a Private Cloud - Slide 8

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The public cloud model offers an attractive escape from the overhead of provisioning, monitoring and administration. But the very nature of the public cloud imposes a lowest-common denominator approach: You get what you pay for, and that means the same (exact) setup as the shared multitenant neighbor next door. Sounds good, in a cookie-cutter sort of way.  And as long as you’re not a round peg trying to fit into your cloud-hosting provider’s square holes.

In the real world, enterprise pegs are round, and triangular, and octagonal. The real-world enterprise’s business objectives are its own, and its cloud solutions are shaped to support the enterprise’s goals, rather than the other way around. The private cloud model delivers that level of flexibility.

Public cloud evangelists trumpet the flexibility, scalability and cost-efficiency benefits of platform as a service (a.k.a. PaaS). Some take it a step further, decrying and "FUDing" the private cloud alternative. But critics of private cloud — often evangelizing for the sake of their own self-interest — choose to ignore the advantages of a private cloud approach.

The truth: Private cloud represents a better solution for the real-world enterprise. The real-world enterprise demands security, flexibility and control, and the private cloud delivers. There are many reasons to “go private.” Bart Copeland, CEO of ActiveState has identified the top 10.

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