The annual State of the Cloud report noted that instead of resetting back to the traditional ways of IT computing, businesses have adapted to the cloud environment, which has reached a market value of $2 trillion in 2021. Access to cloud capital and growth rates have achieved all-time highs, where most of the advancement ($186 billion) is stimulated by private cloud companies.
With the capital to grasp this technology, what are the actual advantages to adopting a private cloud infrastructure? This blog will explore the benefits of using a private cloud system hosted by a private data center.
There are three types of cloud computing: public, private, and hybrid. Each provides a specific set of advantages and disadvantages that could meet any or all your security, storage, and IT infrastructure needs.
What is a Private Cloud?
A private cloud is developed for the use of a single business and cannot be accessed by other companies, even those with deployments in the same data centers. Private cloud infrastructure enables the virtualization of an enterprise’s data environment without opening them up to security or latency risks more often associated with the public cloud. Dedicated private clouds can help improve business performance without the business needing to house the data systems themselves.
Private clouds are customized with specific security requirements, hardware, resources, storage, and networking. The data centers they are housed in are dedicated locations for technology, making them typically more secure than on-prem tech departments and deployments.
What is a Public Cloud?
Unlike private clouds, public clouds are open for anyone to utilize without physical deployment distinctions. IT services are all available through and managed over the public internet by the cloud service provider. Customers utilize as much or as little of a public cloud provider’s service as desired and pay for what they use. This is a great option for small- to medium-sized companies that are looking for flexibility and scalability in their collaborative, global workforces.
Examples of public cloud are Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and IBM Cloud.
What is a Hybrid Cloud?
A hybrid cloud is a computing environment that uses a mix of private cloud and public cloud services. It may be a blend of in-house and third-party networking that is orchestrated between platforms with a connection among an on-prem or colocation data center with a public cloud. This is a highly flexible option for businesses that wish to scale up or down their IT infrastructure due to the variety of resource options. Hybrid clouds also offer a different type of security as workload data can be run redundantly between both private and public cloud environments.
Google offers hybrid cloud services with private cloud companies such as Cisco.
What is a Colocation Data Center?
A colocation data center is most often used to host a private cloud. Businesses purchase and deploy their own equipment, such as networking, software, and rack space, in the data center. They are in complete control over the storage, compute, and bandwidth of their technology stack while the colocation provider manages their power and climate control. The business must install and manage its own private cloud software licensing and backups. This is an option for companies that need or prefer to use their own hardware and software for cloud, but don’t have the space in-house.
While all of these options are great for certain business plans, we’ll highlight the five advantages of a private cloud data center infrastructure specifically.
5 Unique Factors of a Private Cloud Data Center
Companies work alongside private cloud vendors and colocation data center providers to acquire the physical and virtual infrastructure required for their private cloud. This provides numerous advantages:
1. Critical Security and Privacy
Owning the entire infrastructure on which a company’s data is hosted improves information security and offers protection from accidental loss or criminal cyber breaches. In this scenario, dedicated teams can monitor the client’s data security so that any signs of a breach can be actively addressed without much need for the client’s technical team to step in. Additionally, the client can have access to its data through highly secure networks rather than everyday public internet.
2. Why Compliance Matters in a Data Center
A private cloud is ideal for complying with internal and national policies and laws because specific access control and retention management measures can be deployed. By law, highly sensitive customer information must be protected from breach from robust policies and systems. Where this data would be otherwise be managed by a third party in a public cloud platform, a private cloud data center security is controlled in-house and by specialized data center teams.
3. Efficiency and Control
Private cloud infrastructure can be configured on a client’s terms where they can choose how the system will be set up, monitored, and secured as needed. As such, the client has more control over application deployment and analytics to prevent system bottlenecks and downtime.
A huge benefit to the private cloud, customization means the infrastructure can be scaled based on need. Because there is no one-size-fits-all solution, an organization can set the technical and business requirements they desire such as storage and networking characteristics.
5. Lower costs
The total cost of ownership (TCO) is a company’s bottom line in terms of data infrastructure. There is no cost to accessing data in a private cloud, as opposed to cost-intensive public clouds. Once information is stored in a public cloud, companies must pay to access and use it. Without factoring in the flexibility and control over information, private cloud storage is considerably more affordable.
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