2010's big cloud question: Where should I run my application?

Now you have to deal with the location for development and deployment, whether you go traditional, public, or private

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If public clouds are not an option, not to worry. You can certainly build your own private cloud, leveraging virtualization technology to provide better server utilization. Or you can go old-school, with one application for one server. We clearly know how to do that.

Why this may seem confusing to many, I find this very liberating, considering we now have new and innovative architectural options for developing and deploying our applications. While I see most new applications still being deployed on traditional platforms, many are finding that private clouds provide a much better bang for the data center buck, and public clouds are maturing quickly and becoming a highly elastic and cost-effective solution.

Options are a good thing -- trust me.

This article, "2010's big cloud question: Where should I run my application?," originally appeared at InfoWorld.com. Read more of David Linthicum's Cloud Computing blog and follow the latest developments on cloud computing at InfoWorld.com.

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