By Jared Ruckle, Senior Product Manager. Find Jared on Twitter
A few weeks ago, we announced CenturyLink Private Cloud – a new approach to the private cloud segment that offers breakthrough simplicity for large enterprises. CenturyLink Private Cloud is designed for those looking to deploy a transformational private cloud, instead of eking out incremental gains.
Entering a new market segment is a significant undertaking for any product organization. Every solution requires a series of trade-offs —just ask any product manager - and development of the CenturyLink Private Cloud is no exception. So what were the trade-offs that we made, and how do they compare to other private cloud alternatives? For a little insight into how we evaluated the private cloud market landscape and our decision making process, read on.
Successful private cloud deployments – though more common these days – remain elusive. The brave souls that pursue a “do-it-yourself” approach often discover that:
- Building a cloud is hard (especially the self-service and automation)
- Running a cloud to 99.99% SLAs is hard
- Just because you call it cloud doesn’t mean it is one
- Users do not automatically gravitate to what you build
- Lots of time and money are wasted when these lessons are learned the hard way. Forrester Research posted this great analysis of DIY private clouds: