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Private Cloud Gaining Over Public
Public cloud services aren't the best bet for enterprises looking to replace or supplement their data centers, according to research firm Gartner. Through 2012, Gartner forecasts IT organizations will spend more money on private cloud computing investments than on offerings from public cloud providers.Virtually Speaking: As cloud takes off, the private, not public, cloud is leading out of the gate.
Startups and other organizations have jumped on fast-growing public cloud offerings from Amazon and others.
There is also great interest on the enterprise side for cloud services from the likes of Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and others. Gartner defines public cloud computing as a style of computing in which scalable and "elastic" IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to external customers using Internet technologies. By contrast, it defines private cloud computing as a system in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to internal customers using Internet technologies.