No matter if you’re looking at Microsoft’s Azure Stack, Amazon Web Services’s Outpost, or Google's Kubernetes Engine (GKE) on premises, that emerging pattern is the same: placing an on-premises version of a pubic cloud’s cloud services that runs on hardware in the data center that you can see and touch.

In other words, the private cloud is becoming a public-cloud peripheral more than a traditional decoupled private cloud.

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These new “public cloud peripherals” (PCPs) will probably have a few characteristics in common, including:

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