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It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your public cloud data is? It’s on a server, maybe in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands or perhaps South Dakota. Not something you have to worry about, right?

Sure, unless you have operations in a foreign country. Many European nations, for instance, demand that cloud-hosting providers retain data in and serve data from servers located within a national boundary. Strict data-sovereignty laws limit many public cloud services’ ability to deliver across geographies.

Private cloud solutions enable the real-world enterprise to position its own cloud to support its international business objectives. Need to support your regional office in Prague? Start with a local private cloud. It’ll be a lot easier than convincing your public cloud hosting provider to set up a new data center in the Czech Republic.

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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