Private clouds will predominantly appear in the form of internal clouds that replicate the offerings of infrastructure-as-a-service vendors. Many large organisations will engage in data centre transformation projects or build new data centres in order to offer business units access to IT resources. Chargeback mechanisms will be built in, resources will be accessed via browsers and apps and the benefits associated with scalability and rapid provisioning will be integrated. These internal clouds will have most of the characteristics of public clouds.
In summary, cloud computing will have a profound impact on the way businesses operate. The cloud model will engender innovation as well as give businesses an opportunity to enhance existing business processes, thus making themselves more competitive.
Andrew Milroy is vice president, ICT practice, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific.
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