How having your own slice of the cloud could be the way forward...
...move from the traditional datacentre to private clouds in their own organisations.
Microsoft, for example, has its Hyper-V Cloud initiative to help businesses speed up the deployment of private cloud by offering tools to assist the process and providing guides to integrating its own technology with those of partners such as IBM.
Microsoft also has the Windows Azure Platform Appliance, which allows businesses to use the cloud in their own datacentre or one belonging to a service provider to develop applications, store data and run processes.
Amazon Web Services, which is one of the biggest names in providing public infrastructure as a service, offers a slightly different take on private cloud whereby businesses can extend their internal network to encompass elements of Amazon's external infrastructure that have been fenced off from the public cloud services.
Meanwhile, hosting company Rackspace recently opened its first datacentre in the UK dedicated to cloud services on which it provides both public and private cloud capability.
Is this all talk though? Can you give any examples of businesses moving to private clouds?
The UK government is looking into cloud computing with its G-Cloud project, which will essentially be a huge private cloud for public sector organisations with the aim of cutting hundreds of millions of pounds from state IT spending.
Meanwhile, the Co-operative Group is working on a capacity grid in which computing resources are pooled and different businesses in the group use the resources, depending on demand and importance of business case.
What are the issues to look out for when creating a private cloud?
When moving services to hosted private clouds, businesses need to pay attention to service-level agreements (SLAs), which are often less strict than those for standard hosted services. Businesses need to know about the reliability of the services they're buying before signing up and they must ensure vendors provide suitably thorough SLAs.
Another area to be careful of is...