The cloud has grown rapidly over the past few years, with more companies then ever deploying these models. Still there is the lingering question of whether the private or public enterprise cloud will be the dominant deployment. According to recent research by Technology Business Research, private models could be the answer, as these solutions will account for $69 billion in revenue by 2018.

Researchers found that the original reason for adopting a private cloud service – filling gaps in the public cloud – is now shifting to a more mature model, providing more flexibility in deployment than the public cloud does. This maturity is expected to drive adoption to a 29 percent year-to-year growth rate. According to TBR the average number of workloads run in a private cloud environment will jump from four in 2013 to 10 in 2014.

"Private cloud has truly come into its own as a delivery mechanism that customers understand and are using to achieve the benefits of cloud where public options are either not available or viable," said Lead Cloud Practice analyst Allan Krans. "It's an interesting space because the vendor landscape is so diverse and should evolve tremendously as offerings, regulations and open standards play out over the coming years."

What to avoid when adopting the private cloud
While moving to a private cloud can be extremely beneficial for a company, there are ways that enterprises can fail to reap the innumerable features of this deployment. ZDNet contributor Rob O'Neill discussed some of the "sins" regarding private cloud adoption:

  • Not analyzing total cost of ownership: Companies may skip over parts of this process because some factors aren't easy to determine in regard to a private cloud. Business should be thorough and include such factors as user efficiency.
  • Not collecting the input of the end user: Ultimately, building a private cloud infrastructure needs to benefit employees who are using it. Organizations shouldn't create one based on what is believed to be the best practice of the cloud.
  • Not monitoring the cloud lifecycle: Businesses must not just implement their cloud and then not make changes to it. They should carefully monitor and manage their deployment at all steps in the life of their cloud.
  • Not having IT skill necessary to handle the cloud: These deployments have different IT requirements than legacy systems do. Failing to have members of IT with experience in the cloud could lead to it not functioning correctly.
  • Not running private clouds on existing infrastructure: Some companies will buy a whole new server when moving to a cloud deployment, when it could be built on an existing system not running at max capacity.

Avoiding these mistakes when moving to the private cloud can get rid of some of the hiccups and provide a greater return on investment.