Businesses will begin investing in their own secure private cloud networks over the next three to five years while they wait for the public cloud to mature, predicts analyst group Gartner.
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Gartner analyst Tom Bittman said that private clouds would act as a stepping stone for businesses that want the benefits of cloud services but do not wish to wait for public cloud services to become robust enough for business use.
Speaking in a video interview, he said that most cloud services were simply not ready yet.
"They don't enable the service levels that are needed. They don't have the security that is needed. They don't have the compliance requirements. There is something lacking there," he said.
But investing in private cloud services will give businesses a head start.
"The majority of money spent by enterprises will be on private cloud computing and not on public cloud," he said.
"We believe that private cloud is all about a rapid return on investment. You build a business case. If it makes sense for me to invest in it internally, let's do it, otherwise, I might just wait for the cloud to mature," he said.
"Private cloud can be seen as a stepping stone. In other words, it makes migration to a public cloud in the future easier," he said.