What’s the difference between Private Cloud and On-Premise?

Private Cloud hosting services include two primary types: hosted solutions and on-premise ones. The primary differences between the two being: the level of support required for maintenance and features available.

On-Premise vs. Hosted Solutions

Everyday more and more SMBs are looking into private cloud solutions. The Private Cloud provides compelling benefits from improved security, increased flexibility, and eliminating potentially complicated server management.

On-Premise Private Cloud

On-Premise Private Cloud, often called Internal Cloud, is hosted within an organizations own offices, or data center, and provides an internal solution for hosting needs. Since an Internal Cloud is completely controlled in-house this means you often have more flexibility. If you need to have things setup in a very specific way, with specific hardware, you have that control.

However you also have to carry the full burden of server costs and maintenance. You’re all in. From the initial up-front hardware costs, software licensing, and even the unfortunate hardware failures. While providing more control On-Premise solutions don’t come without their own downsides.

Additionally, to ensure successful operation you’ll need to have qualified System Administrators on staff to maintain and monitor the systems. For organizations already staffed with Admins this maybe less of a concern, however this can be a tough hurdle in some cases.

Hosted Private Cloud

A hosted Private Cloud solution is owned and operated by third-party service providers. (Like Liquid Web.) Since the infrastructure servers a much larger population customers benefit from the economies of scale. Another huge advantage of Hosted Private Cloud solutions is that with large scale comes more resources; this provides more on-demand scalability options for end users.

For some SMBs requiring PCI or HIPAA compliance a hosted solution can also help simplify securing web infrastructure. In cases of on-premise hosting requiring such compliance organizations may have to expand security and control practices. However with hosted solutions the service provider will manage and control physical server access and security.

Last but not least, a huge benefit to hosted solutions is the provided support and management. The cost of maintaining an on-premise solution can cost big for both equipment and any necessary staff.

Weighing the Costs

Ultimately every organization will have to factor the pros and cons for themselves. There is no one size fits all for finding the perfect hosting solution since every organization has varying needs.

It’s clear that Private Cloud solutions, of all types, provide greater control and security. However, not every organization can afford to deploy, maintain and expand an On-Premise solution. That’s where hosted Private Cloud solutions come in!

For more information please feel free to contact our Solutions team today. We are eager to assist you in finding the right solution. Our Solutions team can be reached at 1-800-580-4985 (1-517-322-0434). You can also learn more on our Private Cloud product page where you can look over a list of our available Private Cloud servers!

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About the Author: Dan Pock

Dan Pock does Technical Writing & Marketing at Liquid Web with a background in System Administration, Public Relations, and Customer Service.

His favorite things include: his cats, Oscar Boots and Dash Nouget; experimenting with PHP; and making up recipes (or at least attempting to). You can find his coding hijinks on GitHub, where he shares most of his projects and open source work.

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