The bit about 3 lines in "what we don't know about private cloud" seems to be making sense to everyone I discuss it with (end users, vendors, investors), so I've reformulated it as a set of questions.
Taking an application portfolio perspective.. looking across the entire set of apps you run, you have three decisions to make:
- Of that set, what do you NOT want to develop or run, period?
- Of the remaining set, what do you NOT want to develop or run on your own infrastructure?
- Of the remaining set, what do you NOT want to manually provision and have manually requested?
The consensus on these questions, if one ever emerges, will produce the actual (vs pick-your-pundit's projected) terraforming of the tech landscape.