Fitting into the Cloud: Part 1 – Private Cloud

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The cost and efficiency benefits of cloud hosting can’t be denied, and anyone in the technical industry has likely read articles after articles touting cloud computing as the solution for your organization. It’s probably not a decision of whether you’ll move your resources to the cloud, but rather what cloud hosting option suits your needs and requirements best. In this three part series, “Fitting in the Cloud,” we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud in order to help determine which solution may be the best fit for your business.

Private Cloud

Simply put, a private cloud is a form of cloud computing based off of dedicated infrastructure hardware that is protected by a firewall and offers you flexibility, security, and control. There are two variations of private clouds:

  • On-premise: This variation, which may also be known as an “internal or corporate cloud,” is hosted within an organization’s internal data center. With this variation of a private cloud, the business would be responsible for the capital costs of the infrastructure, including hardware, space, power, and cooling. However, in this model, the business has complete control and flexibility of the infrastructure and security measures.

  • Off-premise: This variation of private cloud is hosted by a third-party provider, who facilitates all the physical hardware, space, power, and cooling. While this model offers a more cost efficient approach than the On-Premise model, you do not have the same amount of control and flexibility.

Advantages of Private Cloud

Security: One of the benefits of private solutions to any organization is security. Though cloud security has grown at an exponential rate over the past few years, private solutions still afford the greatest possible security, since the organization’s data is tightly secured and controlled on servers that no other companies have access to. As long as you have an aware, educated, and effective cloud security process, data is extremely safe.

Cost Savings: One of the main reasons that companies are choosing to switch to some sort of cloud solution is cost savings. If you decide to utilize hosting from a third-party vendor, your business can save on upgrades, hardware, and ongoing maintenance costs as the cloud provider is responsible for all of these expenses. Think of this like renting a car for the day, you use the car for what you need and the car company is responsible for all the maintenance.

Redundancy: Ensuring that your infrastructure is always up and running is a pivotal aspect of every business. With any kind of downtime your business may be losing thousands of dollars every minute and to top it off may also be losing your reputation and customers. With the private cloud, you are able to design your environments with as much redundancy as you require.

Scalability: Your infrastructure is only as good as your ability to scale your resources up or down with minimal time between. Private cloud allows you to instantaneously create a customized server to your desired requirements. As your storage, memory or CPU usage goes up or down you can make sure that you are using only what you need and when you need it.

Disadvantages of Private Cloud

Private solutions offer strong security and control benefits, but cost more than public solutions. Private cloud requires organizations to invest in software and infrastructure if they are utilizing the on-site variation of private cloud. You’ll also have to deal with the difficulties inherent in ownership, which involve making decisions about lease purchasing, keeping track of technical inventory for tax purposes, and amortizing costs over a period of years.

Who Should Consider Private Cloud Solutions

While every organization has their own unique way of conducting business and determining the best IT infrastructure fit for their needs, private cloud is all about security, control, and your own dedicated resources instead of sharing CPU, RAM, disk and bandwidth.

Private cloud may be a requirement for some organizations that operate in heavily regulated fields, such as healthcare or finance. Conforming to strict data and privacy requirements like HIPAA or PCI DDS have become easier in the cloud, but many regulatory bodies still want to see private solutions utilized.

For organizations that provide applications or data as their main line of business, private cloud hosting protects valuable business assets. If your company is big enough to ensure next-generation solutions on an efficient and consistent basis, then private may be the way to go.

Tune in for part two of “Fitting into the Cloud,” where we will be showcasing the public cloud form of cloud computing.

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