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Research The Register has constructed a lovely survey about Private Cloud, which will form the basis of a number of research-based articles to be published in coming weeks. The survey is a one-pager and will take a few minutes of your time. Please take part!

Here's some background to our thinking. Without getting bogged down in definitions, the basic idea of Private Cloud is to implement an architecture within your data centre (or on kit dedicated to you that’s co-located in someone else’s data centre) that allows physical resources such as servers and storage devices to be treated as one big flexible pool of reusable compute power and storage capacity.

Appropriate resources are allocated to specific workloads as you throw things at your private cloud, and they can later be de-allocated and reassigned to other work as demands change.

Easy to say, but the Devil is in the detail, and as Reg readers are not best known for accepting big ideas and grand designs on face value, we want to get into some specifics in our latest survey.

As it turns out, if you put all of the jargon to one side, you can deconstruct the concept of private cloud into a number of precise capabilities that pretty much anyone can get their brain around. It’s not magic, it’s mostly about trying to automate some of the traditionally onerous and constraining aspects of server provisioning and workload management.

The question though is where private cloud capabilities fit, or potentially fit, into your overall IT environment, and the practicalities involved in getting it all to work effectively to create some actual benefit. We are hoping that by tackling the topic in a more precise and specific manner, pretty much anyone should be able to provide a view.

So, whether you know about private cloud or not, or are in the process of getting up to speed, we’d like you to take part in our survey. And feel free to tell us if we are missing the point or being too assumptive with any of the questions. You can get started by clicking the button below.

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