How I learned to stop worrying and love the private cloud

With the right mix of embedded IT experience and managerial support, private clouds can benefit business IT and users alike

It's a Monday morning, and as with most Monday mornings, things are already spiraling out of control. Today it's more than the usual fallout from server maintenance and the oddly reliable number of people who forgot their passwords over the weekend.

Accounting just called to let you know it bought a new application and "needs a server" for next week when the vendor is coming to install it. Closer inspection reveals that the new accounting package is a complicated, multiple-tier application that will need five new machines and a sizable brick of SAN space to implement. Then the head of software engineering drops by to remind you he's still waiting for the three new dev environments he requested close to a month ago.

Just when you're wondering whether your day could get any worse, the Pointy Haired Boss graces you with his presence. As usual, he has returned from the executive suite carrying an IT trade rag packed to the gills with hype and buzzwords. Flipping to a page marked by a pink Post-it, he gestures wildly and happily exclaims, "We should do this! It's all the rage! Make it happen!" He then promptly wanders off to find his next victim. This time, it's not some vague piece on SOA or porting your entire business application stack onto the iPad -- it's a big fat article about the private cloud.

The unfortunate reality of scenes like this keep Scott Adams clothed and fed. Yet this time, through some accident of fate, the PHB's suggestion may actually have some merit. Believe it or not, he may have just provided you with a way to make your Monday mornings slightly less horrifying.

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