In today’s IT world, the one of the most prevalent buzzwords is “cloud”. Everywhere you turn there is another advertisement touting the benefits of the cloud. From large stalwart corporations to small startups, everyone wants to get into the cloud “game”. The benefits are clear. Leveraging the right cloud offering for your business specific needs can not only reduce costs, but also increase efficiency. In fact, finding the right cloud services for your organization is essential to future growth and profits in today’s dynamic economic environment. Which begs the question: Which type of cloud offering is the right fit for your IT goals?
If you work in technology, you have most likely heard of Azzure or Amazon Webs Services, all of which are examples of the pubic cloud models. These types of offerings are very popular and provide CIOs with an extensive platform as a service (PaaS) to develop and test application code, ad-hoc software, and collaboration projects. However, the downside to a moving your applications to a private cloud revolves around control, security, and cost predictability. In a public cloud your critical company data resides in virtual data centers which may, or may not be protected by the right security technology. Additionally, in a public cloud environment, you may also be sharing server space with other companies infected by malware without ever knowing it. There is also the possibility that your applications may endure huge spikes in computing capacity which ultimately means higher charges from your cloud provider. With these concerns in mind, perhaps a private cloud makes more sense for your IT initiatives.
A private cloud involves a dedicated and secure environment in which only the specified organization can operate. As with other cloud models, private clouds will provide computing power as a service within a virtualized environment using an underlying pool of physical computing resource. However, under the private cloud model, the data is only accessible by a single organization thus providing greater control and security.
While this type of cloud model resembles LANs traditionally used by organizations in the past, but with the added advantages of virtualization.
In a private cloud, your applications and/or data sit behind a firewall specifically deployed to protect your enterprise. This allows only internal users to provision and configure necessary compute capabilities in line with the requirements of the application without the concern of “prying eyes”.
Another advantage to a private cloud is reliability. Private clouds often offer greater uptime and availability to its users as they are often built on fault tolerant network backbones. Therefore, are more resilient to failures of the physical infrastructure.
Finally, there is the ability for CIOs to better predict cloud costs involved with bandwidth spikes in a private cloud. Most third party private cloud providers, such as Orion do not charge for increased computing requirements. In evaluating an offsite private cloud environment, this aspect of the offering is paramount.
Today there are so many cloud options, it is often difficulty to make the right choice for your migration, However, the bottom line is that while the public clouds offer scalability and capacity, the private cloud offers better security, control and flexibility. So what about a hybrid solution between both? That topic is for the next time I write a blog for Orion.