IBM Cloud Private – What it Means and Why it Matters…

A significant disconnect exists in the public perception of cloud computing customers and end users—namely in how enterprises are served by the likes of public cloud players, including , , and .

Why is that notable? For two reasons. Since large organizations are far better funded than small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), they are obviously attractive targets for cloud providers. But at the same time, enterprises have discretely different and far more robust computing needs.

So, while companies of every size can adopt conventional cloud offerings, those services aren’t appropriate for every application or scenario. That’s especially true for large private and public-sector organizations that face demanding compute and regulatory requirements, like healthcare and finance companies.

They typically support their most business-critical applications and data with robust, secure, on-premises systems. But that places them in a quandary if they wish to maintain the best aspects of their traditional infrastructures while gaining public cloud’s easy-to-use benefits, plus cloud-native integration and portability features, and access to new development tools and paradigms.

An approach many are taking is to deploy “private clouds” that blend the best of both worlds. In fact, IBM estimates that starting in 2017 companies will spend more than $50B annually to create and evolve private clouds, with growth rates of 15%-20% through 2020. Speeding and simplifying that process is central to IBM’s new Cloud Private platform.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the .

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