Every hardware and software manufacture has a different definition and thoughts around cloud, both public and private. Few are big enough to have impact on the industry in any meaningful way. Some who do that come to mind are Cisco, Amazon, Apple, VMware, Citrix and Microsoft.
On Tuesday evening (Oct 4th) at the monthly PacITPros event in San Francisco Chris Henley (@chrisjhenley) with Microsoft will be presenting on Microsoft's approach to private cloud. If you are interested at all in what Microsoft is doing, what direction and strategy they are utilizing and how it will impact you then this is a presentation not to miss. Chris is a great speaker and is honest and open about what he can share. The great thing about Chris is that he and his teammates (IT Pro Evangelist in the Developer Platform Evangelist group) all do practical hands on projects and labs with the OS and help in developing solutions that make sense for IT Pros.
So if you haven't RSVP'ed for the monthly San Francisco meeting go do it now, you get free pizza and a chance to hear first hand how Microsoft will be approaching private cloud, what more could you ask for?