Does Your Business Need a Private Cloud?

As your business determines a need for cloud services, you’re based with another decision – public, private or a hybrid? In a three part blog series, Director of Technical Operations Scott Wilson will explain each to help you discover which is right for you.

A private cloud is a cloud delivery model that is owned by a single organization and enables them to centrally access IT resources from a variety of locations, departments, and staff. A private cloud solution is implemented behind the corporate firewall and is maintained by the local IT department. A private cloud utilizes internal resources and is designed to offer the same benefits of a public cloud without relinquishing control, security, and recurring costs to a cloud provider. In a private cloud model the same organization is both the cloud consumer and the cloud provider.

The decision to implement a private cloud is usually driven by the need to maintain control of the environment because of regulatory or business reasons. For example, a bank might have data security issues that prevent them from using a public cloud service, so they might implement a private cloud to achieve the benefits of a cloud computing model.

A private cloud is a combination of virtualization, data center automation, chargeback metering, and identity-based security. Virtualization allows for easy scalability, flexible resource management, and maximum hardware utilization. A private cloud solution also involves having the ability to auto-provision physical host computers through orchestration software, which is discussed later in this chapter.

One of the downsides to a private cloud is that an organization does not get the return on investment it does with other cloud models. This is because the organization is still responsible for running and managing the resources instead of passing that responsibility to a cloud provider.

If you have additional questions or are in need of private cloud services, we’re happy to help. Call 800.698.1686 or email us.

This post is part 1 in a three part blog series from “CompTIA Cloud+ Certification Study Guide” by Scott Wilson and Nate Stammer.

written by: Scott Wilson - 6/29/2016