Today we talk about the second type of cloud: the Private Cloud.
A Private cloud is a type of cloud computing that delivers similar advantages as the public cloud, but through a proprietary architecture. Unlike public clouds, which deliver services to multiple organizations, a private cloud is dedicated to a single organization. As a result, private cloud is best for businesses that require direct control over their environments.
Cloud Computing: Private Cloud
Cloud computing type: Private Cloud
A private cloud provides the same basic benefits of public cloud. These include self-service, scalability, multi-tenancy and the ability to change computing resources on-demand. It is of course possible to use tools to track computing usage, but in this specific scenario it is usually used for accounting reasons than for actually billing purpose since usually the hardware is already owned by the company.
Usually, if a private cloud is adopted, the company is responsible for managing it, so, as a result, private cloud deployments carry the same staffing, management, maintenance and capital expenses as traditional data center ownership. There are anyway many service providers that will offer you a complete private cloud solution keeping the maintenance of it.
If the cloud is hosted in the company’s datacenter, the provider is actually only outsourcing the resources needed to manage it, while if they keep the hardware and only give the customer access to it, you might want to make sure that they are actually using dedicated hardware to provide your service. Once again it is very important to check the terms and condition of the contract you are signing with your provider.
Assuming that the location might not be or not be in your private datacenter, the main difference from public cloud services is the security level. The private cloud is usually hosted behind a firewall even if accessible from the Internet, in order to minimize the security concerns and needs some organizations might have. Private cloud also gives companies direct control over their data. It works on the same principles of a public cloud, but with only you (or your organization) having access to it. The main benefit of choosing a private cloud is the greater level of security offered making it ideal for business users who need to store and/or process sensitive data. A good example is a company dealing with financial information such as bank who are required by law to use secure internal storage to store consumer information.
On the other hand, the downsides of private cloud services include a higher initial cost, although in the long term many business owners find that this balances out. It is also more difficult to access the data held in a private cloud from remote locations due to the increased security measures and it might be necessary to develop proprietary applications and software to allow the user to use the cloud resources since the public ones might not always be secure enough.
The benefits of the Private Cloud:
- Easy scalability
- Increased reliability
- Improved security
- Greater control over the server
The disadvantages of the Private Cloud:
- A higher initial cost
- More difficult to access the data
In conclusion, the initial cost of setting up private cloud services may prove to be cost prohibitive for a small businesses, although with long term use this soon evens out. It really depends on the nature of the business when deciding whether the additional cost is worthwhile. In some cases it might be mandatory for your business to adopt this type of cloud computing, but if it is not, our advice is to always consider very well how important the data you are storing in the cloud is.
If you feel that your needs are in between these two solutions, don’t miss our next article. We will be talking about the Hybrid Cloud.
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