According to Rodney Gedda, a senior analyst with Telsyte, Australian enterprises are enthusiastic adopters of both virtualisation and cloud computing. He said that 56 per cent of organisations had begun virtualising their servers, while 19 per cent of companies were now committed to, or were building private clouds.
Pieter de Gunst, director of sales for consultant and solutions provider Tecala, however cautioned against that being seen as a natural precursor to a transition to public cloud systems. 'Private cloud as a journey to public cloud is a nonsense'¦most are doing it because they don't want to go public,' he said.
Mr Gedda identified NAB, ACMA, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Commonwealth Bank as being among those local organisations currently developing private clouds. 'A lot of organisations will have private clouds forever, rather than transition to public alternatives, according to Mr de Gunst.
This was especially the case for those able to demonstrate that internal cloud style services are at least as cost efficient as publicly available services. He said he was currently working with a subsidiary of an international organisation that was delivering in house computing services that had been shown to be 30-40 per cent cheaper than equivalent services available from a public cloud provider.
Organisations which started to virtualise or cloudify their computing however needed to ensure that they had planned for issues such as proper security, effective power supply able to cope with the rapid ramp up that virtualisation and cloud allows, and also were properly managing issues such as back up and disaster recovery.