Advantages of a Private Cloud

Posted by Brent on March 2nd, 2017

What comes to your mind when we say ‘computer resources in the cloud’? Yes, you think of the public clouds like those offered by Amazon and Google where the applications, or the infrastructure, is shared by the clients across the globe using the Internet.

However, there are many organizations who are not willing to move to public clouds directly. This is mainly due to regulatory or security concerns and their respective organizational cultures. These organizations then opt for private clouds. For example, banks need higher security, hence, they cannot join the internet-accessed public clouds. Having said that, it is also important to note that organizations will opt only for those private clouds that are readily available and deliver quality performance.

What is a private cloud?  

A private cloud, also known as a “corporate cloud” or “internal cloud”, stays within the environment of a company. Access is restricted, with business partners and company employees having sole access.  Let us find out the 5 main attributes of a private cloud as defined by the Gartner Institute.

Private clouds offer resources such as applications and infrastructure as services.

They provide scale and flexibility that are in accordance with the client’s demands.

The resources are shared among several users.

The payment and measurement are based on the use of services.

Internet technologies and protocols are used to access the cloud resources.

What are the benefits of a private cloud?

A private cloud infrastructure is organization specific i.e. it is offered to a single infrastructure or client. Thus, the systems and infrastructure are configured to offer a greater amount of security.

A private cloud is deployed within the firewall of an organization to ensure superior network performance and efficiency.

An organization opting for private cloud can easily customize the hardware and other resources.

Users of private clouds do not have the worry over compliance issues.  

A private cloud also has better controls for information assets, data, and users.

Another benefit of using the private cloud is cost savings due to automation of services or information technology computer resources or standardization. Automation and standardization reduce the operational costs. They also enable the IT personnel to focus on customers servicing more than on the activities that hardly add any value, such as configuring software or disk space allocation.

They reduce the time to meet the demands of the users.

One of the best offerings of Amazon is their Amazon Web Service (or AWS) Cloud Offering. Most of us know that Amazon AWS provides its customers with a large number of hosting options to choose from – reasonable monthly rent, brilliant infrastructure for data center, good support system along with the backing of some of the established IT professionals.

But in case, you are looking for alternatives to AWS because you don’t want to be just another number in the AWS Cloud services, then you may choose a private cloud with on premise AWS.

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