Eight Key Facts About Private vs. Public Clouds

By Gina Roos

Private cloud is becoming a mainstream option for running mission-critical applications, and many large enterprises are pushing more of these apps to the cloud, according to a new study from Continuity Software, a provider of service availability management offerings. But there are potential problems ahead. The survey, based on responses from 113 IT professionals, finds that nearly half of the organizations either do not test their private cloud availability or test less than once annually. But this isn't the only disconnect. More than half of the organizations also do not have a private cloud disaster recovery solution in place. The survey also finds that many organizations lag behind in tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) in their private clouds compared with other areas of IT infrastructure. However, most IT organizations believe their cloud environment is on par with the rest of their IT infrastructure, indicating a "clear gap between perception and reality," the study found. This gap potentially opens up new opportunities for traditional IT distributors and their partners to deliver private cloud technologies and service offerings around integration, as well as assessment of applications and security. Here are the survey's key findings.

This article was originally published on 2014-07-24