What is Private Cloud? A Simple Explanation For Businesses
What Is Private Cloud & Why Should It Matter To Your Business?

What Is Private Cloud & Why Someone Should Have Told Cameron Diaz

The cloud is puzzling, especially for Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in the new movie Sex Tape, in which they have to get some overtly ‘passionate’ footage off the cloud before their friends, family and colleagues get an eyeful.  The worst thing about this movie isn’t the plot. The worst part is the dreadful Hollywood screenshots and UIs that all the laptops and iPads use. Seriously, an iPad uploading a video automatically, with no questions, no share permissions and using the old interface of OS X Leopard loading bars? Sighs.

 

Cloud – What Is All The Fuss About?

Gone are the days, when individuals or businesses need to retain expensive hardware to store their information. Now, they can pay someone else to look after it and access it whenever or wherever they want to. But problems with the way the cloud operates are holding us back. Users aren’t quite ready to switch completely to this brave new world, because of some potentially serious glitches.

One particularly attractive feature of the cloud is the cost of using it. You spend a small amount of cash to store information on someone else’s server, rather than maintain your own, with all the responsibility and costs that server ownership entails.

But the cloud comes with a significant caution. It is essentially a black box. Users know little about its internal structure, how it functions or who has access to the data inside. We put our information in there and hope it comes out again, without really knowing anything that happens in between.

 

Why Not Public Cloud?

With so many services, (iCloud and eBay) getting hacked these days, it’s no surprise that more people want to remove their data from the public cloud.  The resulting bittersweet feeling has caused many businesses to ask the question – what about controlling our own cloud?

Instead of missing out on those great syncing features, you can create a more personal cloud storage service, one that you control. The answer is the Private Cloud.

The Private Cloud is fundamentally a Cloud Structure that works solely for a single organization or where service access is restricted to a specific group of people. Private Cloud Computing is comprised of networking, server hardware, (which usually provides server virtualization), storage and management tools.

Yet, despite natural scepticism, the Private Cloud appears to be taking shape. The technologies underlying it are pretty obvious, beginning with virtualization, (for easy scalability, flexible resource management and maximum hardware utilization) and data-centre automation, (mainly for auto-provisioning of physical hosts). Chargeback metering keeps business management happy and identity-based security helps ensure that only authorized people gain access to the infrastructure and application resources they need.

 

Air France Moves to The Cloud

One airline, Air France announced that it will be introducing a new Private Cloud solution, to help accelerate deployment times for its physical and virtual infrastructures.

Air France has postulated that the new, standardized platform will herald IT infrastructure savings of some 85 per cent, annually. This is through the automation of OS deployment, middleware, monitoring tools and capacity management.

 

“Businesses are increasingly interested in cloud solutions that can improve flexibility, enable new business processes and increase efficiency. HP software helps Air France achieve its business objectives, now and in the future.”

Jean-Marc Defaut, director for cloud, HP France

 

The best way to evaluate what a Private Cloud solution can achieve, is to compare it with some of the more popular services already out there, such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive. These three services allow you, while working on your computer, to store files in a specific location. When you switch to another computer, smartphone or tablet you can access the same files with all the changes automatically synchronized.

 

The 6 Major Benefits of Private Cloud For Businesses

There are many benefits to using Private Cloud as your IT solution. It is a profitable solution that allows a business the security it needs, without the expensive infrastructure. Basic benefits of the virtual Private Cloud include the following:

 

  • Scalability: Allows you to add resources on-demand, to accommodate additional users. It also allows you to scale up and down as workloads change and develop.        
  • Automation: Removal of manual processes, to dynamically provision virtual machines.
  • Security: Traffic to and from your cloud infrastructure stays within the corporate firewall, without crossing the Internet. Cloud administrators are able to set policies to specify which users are allowed to access different cloud resources.
  • Performance: Boosted performance is a direct result of the scalability and automation components, because resources are available on-demand and the infrastructure necessary to support these resources is always available.
  • Control: Private Cloud allows you complete control over the data stored in a public cloud, as well as incoming and outgoing traffic. Monitoring programs facilitate an overview of your environment, at all times.
  • Data sovereignty & privacy: With a private cloud solution, you can choose the physical location of your server, which means you can control precisely where your data is or isn’t.  For many businesses, a public cloud works fine, because they have no requirement for their data to be in a specific location.  However, some of our clients, as an example – must have their data remain in Switzerland for compliance purposes – and the private cloud can deliver this.

 

Only designated users are able to access the cloud environment, which offers peace of mind, to know you have control over the traffic moving within your cloud. Further, the cloud performance increases, due to the decreased number of users. In-and-out traffic in the cloud is reduced, which stabilizes the predictability of bandwidth and provides a better performing cloud environment.
A Private Cloud solution offers organizations a better way to optimize their infrastructure, by taking advantage of some cloud-like features, while still enjoying the security and control needed for their business. Private clouds are especially useful for organizations with strict compliance requirements or a need to protect their value, although encryption and virtual-machine level security may allow sensitive data to be moved to a public cloud.


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