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Is private cloud set to lose out to public cloud?

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Is private cloud set to lose out to public cloud?

Blenheim Chalcot group technology officer Mark Ridley believes private cloud could struggle as public cloud becomes cheaper and even more ubiquitous

Public cloud services are often compared to utilities. Indeed, back in 1999 and 2000 the concept was often referred to as “utility computing”.

Instead of paying for a vast IT department to look after servers, organisations would be able to access computing power simply by plugging in and flipping a switch. That, at least, was the idea, but it proved to be a whole lot more complicated than that to implement in reality.

Nevertheless, if you buy the utility computing analogy, private cloud services don’t seem to have much of a future. As public cloud absorbs more and more services into itself, running things in-house becomes a minority play. So, is private cloud dead in the long term?

“No I don’t think it’s dead, but I do think public cloud will be the default way of doing things,” said Mark Ridley, group technology officer at venture builder Blenheim Chalcot Accelerate, speaking during a web seminar hosted by V3’s sister publication Computing on Thursday.

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