Don’t build private clouds

I’ve been noodling on this post for over a year. I discussed, debated and explained parts of what I write below with several folks during this time. I also changed my jobs this year. From mid 2012 to early this year, I lead a team that built one of the largest mid-sized fairly successful private clouds. I now lead an effort to migrate several large-scale mission critical systems from on-premise enterprise data centers to a public cloud. This transition gave me the time and opportunity to refine and expand the scope of my thinking. So, here is my appeal. Slow down on your private cloud projects, and get out of enterprise data centers as fast you can. You may be shooting for a local optimum with your private cloud strategy, and not the global maximum for the business.You don’t need to own data centers unless you’re specialThere are very few enterprises

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