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Private cloud is a type of cloud computing that delivers similar advantages to public cloud, including scalability and self-service, but through a proprietary architecture. Unlike public clouds, which deliver services to multiple organizations, a private cloud is dedicated to the needs and goals of a single organization.
As a result, private cloud is best for businesses with dynamic or unpredictable computing needs that require direct control over their environments, typically to meet security, business governance or regulatory compliance requirements.
Benefits of Private Cloud
Efficiency & Control
Private clouds are hosted either on-site or on in a third-party datacenter, that is also a privately hosted environment. This gives you more control over your data and infrastructure, allowing you to intervene promptly should changes be needed. Your IT department can monitor application deployment and use advanced analytics to predict and prevent bottlenecks and downtime.
There is no one-size-fits all solution. An important feature of private clouds is the level of customization they offer. Each organization has a set of technical and business requirements that usually vary according to company size, industry, business objectives etc.
With a private cloud, you can choose an infrastructure with specific storage and networking characteristics, so that the system meets your individual needs perfectly.
Another great benefit of private clouds is the improved level of security compared to the public cloud. All data is saved and managed on servers to which no other company has access. This greatly improves data privacy. If the servers are on-site, they are managed by an internal IT team. Therefore, the organization does not need to worry about the physical security of the infrastructure.
If servers are located in a datacenter, the same internal IT team will access the data through highly secure networks instead of using your every-day, unsecured internet connection.
As previously mentioned, businesses of all shapes and sizes need to comply with national/ internal laws and policies. The private cloud is an ideal option in this case, as it can be deployed in accordance with any retention and access-control policies.
For any company, customer information is considered (by law and common-sense) to be highly sensitive user data. Businesses need to have a great control over their data, in addition to ensuring data privacy. For example, in the case of a data breach, it may be rather difficult to access security logs from a public cloud. Not a problem if you own your private cloud.
Ensuring business continuity is more difficult to achieve if you don’t own your infrastructure. You’re planning to stay in business for a long time and so is your public cloud service provider. But what if it doesn’t?! In this agile, constantly changing business world, there is no guarantee that your provider will stay in business longer than you will. And technology is evolving at a fast pace, we all know that.
Should your provider suddenly go out of business, it will be a long and very difficult process to migrate all of your applications and data to a new cloud. So why take any chances? On a private cloud you have privacy, control and you can ensure the continuity of your business.
Last but not least, the public cloud is not available everywhere. There are still places in the world where the public cloud is not accessible. Moreover, if your business has several hubs across the world, the compliance requirements may vary greatly according to the location.