It might not be obvious, but even in the face of the seemingly endless growth and capabilities of public cloud systems, the private cloud is holding its own. In fact, a quarter of all respondents to our latest Enterprise Cloud Index study maintained that their IT environment ran on the private cloud – the second most popular deployment model after multicloud.
Further, cloud repatriation (reverse migration) from the public cloud is a now a thing – up to 85% companies have considered moving their applications or workloads back to on-prem or private cloud environments at some point.
Needless to say, the decision to deploy a private cloud should be a well-thought out and strategic one. Enterprises need to define and lay out their needs, expectations, and goals clearly before attempting to build a private cloud model. Here’s an attempt to list out the various considerations and steps that go into this endeavor.
Making the choice to go private
Cloud means something different to every organization, depending on its size, industry, and the nature of the data it deals with. Further, there is the private vs public vs hybrid cloud debate (which the hybrid cloud appears to be winning).
Choosing private cloud over public mainly boils down to two things: control (in terms of security and privacy) and budgeting (choosing CAPEX over OPEX).