Private Cloud: A Growing Part of Your Multicloud…For Real This Time!

Private Cloud: A Growing Part of Your Multicloud…For Real This Time!

De-emphasizing the Data Center

2019 is the watershed year. For the first time, Nemertes’ Cloud and Cybersecurity Research Study shows that the majority of enterprise production workloads live in external clouds now: 56% in IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. (Gratifyingly, this result is in close accord with what we projected for 2019 based on our 2017-18 research.)

Pulling together a true multicloud means more than sourcing work from multiple clouds, though. It means managing things together. And to do that for what remains in the data center requires that IT actually create a private cloud.

Making Private Cloud Real

I’ve railed about this in the past (and in many speaking engagements). Virtualized servers are not a private cloud.  Adding storage virtualization and software defined networking gets you closer, but still does not mean you have a private cloud. Most participants in our research, as far back as 2008, spoke about their private cloud. So many so that we stopped asking whether they had a private cloud in favor of asking whether they were doing the things a cloud would do. Do you provide self-service deployment via a portal? Do you account for resource usage directly and granularly? Do you orchestrating multiple workloads across compute, storage, and network? And so on.  We took the position that to have a private cloud you have to manage DC resources like a cloud. To do that you need a Cloud Management Platform (CMP).

And (again for the first time this year) we have a majority of organizations–56%–reporting that they have a CMP in place. This is a sharp increase from 2017’s  24% (and again spot on with that years projection for 2019). It means that more than half of participants actually can claim to have a private cloud.

…or At Least Realish

Of sorts. Turns out, though, that most of these folks still have a ways to go, Because, although they have CMPs, and therefore the capability of doing things like self service and granular accounting of consumption, they still aren’t, mostly. A solid majority (more than 66%) use the CMP to deploy workloads into various environments. Fewer than half go beyond that and use it to account for resource consumption, or any other of the various behaviors and practices that comprise “running a cloud.”

Moreover, on average, folks are managing less than half of the gear in their data centers using the CMP. (Just about 42%.)

Signs Are Positive

Still, even though folks aren’t, for the most part, actually implementing complete private clouds as a part of their multiclouds, they are making progress. More than ever have the tools to start, more of their infrastructure than ever is under cloud management, and the shifting place of the data center in the overall IT sourcing scheme–from centerpiece and mainstay to first among equals, on its way to being just another resource pool–makes it likely that substantial numbers will pull the resources they retain completely into a cloud paradigm. If for no other reason, they will want to make deploying inside as easy as deploying outside, and movement of workloads at need as seamless and simple as possible. This takes time, of course: to master new tools, to migrate workloads on their replacement cycles, to rework processes and teams and jobs, etc., but signs are positive that this shift to a true private cloud is well under way.