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The public cloud is great, just sign up, send over your apps and start benefitting from all those advertised cost efficiencies. If only it were that simple. Tested your apps yet? More likely than not and they’ll require customization to work in the public cloud. Be sure to budget for those app-migration costs. And what about your own servers? If your public cloud can’t connect to your preferred flavor of database, you’ll have to pay to convert your data from one db format to another.

In principle, a private cloud setup won’t necessarily erase data-migration expense. But it can support more-flexible hybrid architectures, preserving access to legacy applications and enabling cloud application deployment without the sacrifice of extensive recoding and the real-world enterprise demands that cloud deployment 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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