Virtual private clouds: a very public/private affair

Date: July 22, 2010
Pages: 27
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US$ 1,495.00
Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Strategic Report
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Virtual private clouds: a very public/private affair
Virtual private cloud (VPC) services should be seen as an extension to existing managed hosting services. While different varieties of cloud services, including software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS), can be included under the VPC banner, this report will focus on the infrastructure services currently being marketed by a number of global telecoms operators and by managed hosting providers. This is where the network operators in particular want to chip away at the IT services market. It’s also the area that’s closest to the traditional infrastructure outsourcers, representing a halfway house between private cloud and public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). VPC promises the commoditization and lower costs of the public cloud with the robustness and security of managed hosting. As such, it represents a mid-market delivery option for noncritical workloads.

SUMMARY

Impact
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ANALYSIS

The characteristics of commercial VPC
Self-service portal
Management and monitoring
Governance
Security
On-demand resources
Utility model
VM resources
VPC versus managed hosting
Payment models
The players
Global IT services vendors and VPC
Amazon
VPC services
Target markets
Targets for managed hosting specialists
Targets for telecoms and network operators
Targets for global IT services vendors
VPC and the public sector
VPC business alignment
Building the business case for VPC
VPC complements managed hosting
VPC: not a rip-and-replace for managed hosting
The broader enterprise customer base
Beyond projects
Customer needs
Integration
Integration with IT process
Selecting the right horse for the right course
Who should consider VPC?

RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendations for enterprises
Recommendations for suppliers

APPENDIX

Further reading
Methodology

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1: VPC infrastructure services
Table 2: VPC/business alignment

LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1: Typical secure VPC network arrangement
Figure 2: Demand for cloud computing services
Figure 3: Barriers to cloud adoption
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