The private cloud is a well-used architecture and technology within enterprises. Even so, most enterprises are still not well-versed in how to define, build, and deploy private clouds. There is a “gap of confusion” that exists between the proper use of private clouds and rank-and-file enterprise IT.

Why Private Cloud
Private and hybrid clouds are emerging around common use case patterns that are most likely to provide value for enterprises. They include:

Performance
Deploying to private or hybrid clouds in order to have dedicated hardware resources to ensure the high and consistent performance of critical systems. These include large database systems that need direct access to underlying hardware systems and fast I/O, which won’t function well with “bursty” performance metrics on a public cloud. Typical use cases include predictive analytics, consumer-facing transactional systems, HPC, and even gaming – many gaming platforms are moving in-house to control cost.

Regulatory and Compliance Requirements

Public clouds are available almost anywhere in the world, but the data often isn’t stored locally. In fact, unless your business is in one of a handful, your data is very likely stored in another country or even on another continent.  A private cloud would give your company direct control over where data and information are stored and who has access to it, making regulatory and internal compliance mandates easier to meet.

Security Control

private clouds are single-tenant solutions and the enterprise has direct control over the security of the hardware, network, data center, and other elements. So while you might argue that public cloud is more secure than private cloud, you wouldn’t be able to argue that public clouds offer superior control over security than private clouds.

Customizable Tools and Processes.

A private cloud allows for the processes to fit the current workflow. If your company needs to customize cloud tools and processes to meet its unique business requirements, private clouds afford that opportunity whereas public clouds don’t.In addition, most private cloud building blocks use Linux as their underlying operating system, and there is a veritable cornucopia of Linux-based tools to automate processes and eliminate labor-intensive tasks that chew up valuable IT staff time.

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