Is the Private Cloud Dying?

Have you heard of this cloud thing? Turns out it’s kind of a big deal. In all seriousness, in this post Chris Evans shares the IDC estimate that cloud spending will double by 2021 to $554 billion. So why does this imperil the public cloud?

Basically they can bring new products and features to market faster. If AWS re:Invent has shown anything over the last few years, it’s that Amazon has no problem putting some serious development into relatively niche features. At each annual event, they literally add thousands of new features. While only a small subset apply to any organization, it’s a rate that dedicated IT teams simply can’t match in private clouds.

So does this mean private clouds are dead? I don’t think so. I’ve been hearing endlessly that “data is the new oil”. Basically data, in and of itself, has value, not just the business end it can help achieve. With that in mind, there will always be organizations that require the agility of the cloud while still retaining total control over data. As long as retaining control of data has more value than features of the public cloud, I think the private cloud will remain viable. Just maybe not the most popular.

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Rich Stroffolino

Rich has been a tech enthusiast since he first used the speech simulator on a Magnavox Odyssey². Current areas of interest include ZFS, the false hopes of memristors, and the oral history of Transmeta.