Does your organization have a high need for security, privacy, and greater control of your data? If so, you may be interested a private cloud, where all of the resources and infrastructure are designed specifically for your business. First, let’s take a look at what the cloud is and then, we’ll see if you can benefit from using a private cloud.
What Is The Cloud?
The “Cloud” itself is simply a large group of servers linked together to provide a single space for services or software operation. For a more specific definition, the National Institute of Standards and Technology or NIST, defines cloud computing specifically as “a model for enabling present, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”
The Cloud has five main characteristics:
- Service Provided on Demand – An entity can utilize programs and storage as needed without any human interaction.
- Multiple Methods of Access – The cloud should be able to be accessed via mobile phone, tablets, laptops, and workstations.
- Pooled Resources – The cloud is comprised of an infrastructure which seems to have no bounds.
- Expandable – Cloud resources can be rapidly created, deployed and removed as needed, based on demand.
- Self Servicing – The cloud’s resources should be controlled and optimized automatically.
What The Cloud Is Not
Unfortunately, some providers use rather nebulous terms to try and define what the “Cloud” actually means in order to try and generate more business. This can leave clients in the lurch, trying to figure out what this service actually provides and how it can benefit them. Fortunately, Liquid Web tries to be as completely transparent as possible in order to provide you with the most accurate and relevant information we can. Let’s start by defining what it is not:
- The Cloud is not server virtualization – Adding virtual machines to a server does not define a cloud-based system.The cloud is a step beyond virtualization.
- The Cloud is not a single place – The cloud does not necessarily reside within a single datacenter, region or country. It can be spread out across the globe
- The Cloud is not always a money saver – simply moving your data/app to the cloud is not the penultimate solution for saving money or saving on IT costs
- The Cloud is not always private – there are multiple ways to structure a cloud presence which will need to be defined by your specific business needs.
What Is A Private Cloud?
A Private Cloud is an exclusive computing platform usually utilized in a single system. It is usually managed by an internal entity and commonly exists inside of a private network.
Let’s continue by voicing this truth; A private cloud needs to meet both tactical, financial and strategic goals in order to be advantageous to your business.
What does this mean to you? A careful evaluation of your requirements and/or a proof of concept plan may be a good idea initially in order to identify the most accurate solution for your needs. Some questions you can ask to help identify these needs will be:
- What is my ultimate goal for using a private cloud?
- Will it be used for storage, a testing environment or hosting live applications?
- Will it be used as a cost-saving measure?
- Will it be used to increase efficiency?
- Do you have dedicated, skilled IT personnel on staff?
- Do you have certain compliance requirements?
- Will it be used as an adjunct to increase security?
- Do you want full control over your data processing flow?
How Can A Private Cloud Benefit You?
A dedicated, Private Cloud solution can benefit you in multiple ways. Some benefits include:
- Customization – The design of a Private Cloud is tailored to fit your individual businesses needs.
- Efficiency – A Private Cloud can aid in increasing performance and productivity.
- Geographic Availability – A Private Cloud offers remote resources not defined by location.
- Resiliency – A Private Cloud offers a platform stable environment from which to launch apps or services.
- Security – A private cloud can be made extremely secure.
- 25% fewer incidents including unauthorized access
- fewer audit deficiencies
- lower data loss or exposure
- increased compliance
- Privacy – A Private Cloud can be set up to be accessible only to those whom you grant access.
- Costs (TCO) – A Private Cloud can start at a 12% annual cost savings vs public clouds.
- Scalability – A Private Cloud offers rapid scalability for both increasing and decreasing resources as required.
- A Private Cloud is perfect for those who want to move to a metered or resource-based payment model.
A recent survey of federal leaders by Deloitte stated that many agencies have “moved at least some applications or more applications to the cloud, and more than two-thirds say they now require some degree of cloud access to be successful at work. Most point to cost savings, improved efﬁciency, and expanded data-sharing as the top reasons for making the transition.” Additionally, Doug Bourgeois, the managing director and Federal Cloud leader for Deloitte Consulting LLP stated “The power of the cloud to advance the federal government’s use of new technology seems widely unknown. While cost and efficiency benefits are well understood, these the cloud capabilities can help the federal government adopt next-generation tech much faster — and unleash the tremendous untapped potential of cloud investments.”
According to Technology Business Research, companies spent $41 billion on private cloud computing in 2014, and that total will likely grow to $69 billion by 2018, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14 percent.