Private cloud is safer claims Digital Realty Trust

Future of cloud computing

The future of cloud computing is private clouds, according to an executive from the Digital Realty Trust.

In an interview with IT PRO Jim Smith, chief technology officer at the company which builds and leases data centres, seemed unconcerned for his business despite the growth of cloud.

"Before cloud was popular it was virtualisation everyone was talking about. Let's not leave virtualisation behind," he said.

"When VMware came out it was telling the world that the data centre was going to be obsolete. We [then] saw a spike in requests for virtualised [data centres] and the market increased."

So is the cloud a threat to his business? Smith didn't seem too concerned.

"Our prediction is cloud for enterprises will be private [as] there are lots of implications about sharing data in that space," he said.

"When the government comes to take servers and I am sharing the cloud with someone doing something illegal, they aren't going to think twice about ripping all of them out and taking them away."

He accepted the cost may be an issue, but concluded: "You may save a little less [with a private cloud] but you will be able to sleep at night."

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a former freelance journalist and currently political reporter for Sky News. She has a varied writing history, having started her career at Dennis Publishing, working in various roles across its business technology titles, including ITPro. Jennifer has specialised in a number of areas over the years and has produced a wealth of content for ITPro, focusing largely on data storage, networking, cloud computing, and telecommunications.

Most recently Jennifer has turned her skills to the political sphere and broadcast journalism, where she has worked for the BBC as a political reporter, before moving to Sky News.