Once an IT team has started the road to the private cloud, Jean-Marc Seguin, chief architect for Embotics, said companies need to examine areas specific to virtual infrastructure to make sure there can be success there.

Configuration is very important in the cloud, Seguin said on Computerworld, adding that companies should make sure a consistent computing platform is established, all virtual servers are created and run from network-attached storage, all networks and switches are defined and consistent and hypervisors are within the same resource cluster. One important thing for planning is capacity, he adds.

"Without it, much of the resources that were architected to operate an efficient private cloud will be squandered on idle virtual servers - virtual servers that are no longer providing a useful service to the organization. When capacity is needed, it will be there," Seguin said. "Capacity is also the starting point for a chargeback or at the least, a showback cost model. This will be a mechanism that can be used inside an enterprise to ensure IT moves from a group described as overhead to one that is a business enabler."

CloudTweaks said private cloud computing is changing how business works by giving companies big and small flexibility, scalability and the ability to expand capacity when needed. While it isn't cut and dry for every company, it is worth looking into.