Private cloud is cloud infrastructure dedicated to a particular organisation. Private clouds allow businesses to host applications in the cloud, while addressing concerns regarding data security and control, which is often lacking in a public cloud environment. It is not shared with other organisations, whether managed internally or by a third-party, and it can be hosted internally or externally.There are two variations of private clouds:
On-Premise Private Cloud: This type of cloud is hosted within an organisation’s own facility. In businesses, IT department would incur the capital and operational costs for the physical resources with this model. On-Premise Private Clouds are best used for applications that require complete control and configurability of the infrastructure and security.
Externally-Hosted Private Cloud: Externally hosted private clouds are also exclusively used by one organisation, but are hosted by a third party specialising in cloud infrastructure. The service provider facilitates an exclusive cloud environment with full guarantee of privacy. This format is recommended for organisations that prefer not to use a public cloud infrastructure due to the risks associated with the sharing of physical resources.
Pros - more secure when compared to public clouds. A survey shows that 76% of IT decision-makers will focus exclusively on the private cloud, as these clouds offer the greatest level of security and control.
Cons - Undertaking a private cloud project requires a significant level and degree of engagement to virtualise the business environment, and it will require the organization to re-evaluate decisions about existing resources.
This cloud option is best suited when
- You need data sovereignty but want cloud efficiencies
- You want consistency across services
- You have more server capacity than your organisation can use
Owing to the flexibility of a cloud based solution, no one solution is right for every business. The right solution for a business depends on their individual circumstances. If you are not sure which solution is better suited to your business, call us on 1300 441 551 and let us help you make the right decision.