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This report aims to help the reader understand where the community cloud as a cloud concept fits into an organization's cloud strategy, and what its benefits and challenges are.


  • The growth of different approaches to building community clouds is creating confusion in the market.

Features and Benefits

  • Understanding the workloads that are being run on a community cloud is the critical task in deciding what approach is best for a community.
  • Dealing with the operational activities of running a cloud are the areas where the biggest difference between organizations surfaces.

Key questions answered

  • Understand what a community cloud is. A community cloud in computing is a collaborative effort in which infrastructure is shared between several organizations from a specific community with common concerns (security, compliance, jurisdiction, etc.), whether managed internally or by a third-party, and hosted internally or externally.
  • Discover what people consider a community cloud can bring in terms of benefits. However, there remains a number of key questions with how a community cloud is implemented, operated, and financed.

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises

Understanding the different terminology used

  • Essential characteristics of cloud computing
  • How services can be delivered

The role of a community cloud

  • A cloud for shared interest with a specific purpose
  • Types of approaches to implementing a community cloud

Challenges and benefits of a community approach to cloud

  • Characteristics of a shared community cloud that might not be obvious
  • The benefits of a community can result in quicker solutions to problems

How secure is a community cloud

  • Cloud governance is about balance
  • Cloud security is everybody's concern
  • Implications for community clouds


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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