Over the last few years, cloud hosting has created a buzz in the IT world. With increasing awareness, it has proven to become tremendously beneficial because of the availability of pooled resources. Approximately 90% of businesses are using cloud technology in one form or another. In this multi-cloud world, there are several options to choose from. You need to select what is best for your business needs and workload.
In a public hosting solution, the data is stored in the provider’s data center. They are responsible for maintenance and management, making this option appealing to many organizations. It reduces lead times in testing and deploying new products. These benefits, however, have been overshadowed by concerns of a lack of security and uptime assurances.
Lately, there has been an increasing shift towards the private cloud. Studies have shown that private cloud adoption rates increased from 63% to 77% between 2015-16 alone.
Why a Private Cloud?
What are the reasons behind this latest trend? If you are utilizing a public cloud, it may be time to rethink the IT infrastructure of your company. Here are the top 6 benefits of a private cloud hosting solution.
1. Enhanced Performance
A public cloud host is often less predictable and reliable because the hardware is shared with other tenants. Because of the constant flux of machines, applications, and virtual networks, you may occasionally experience slowdowns associated with strained resources.
Companies that transfer from a public cloud to a private one often claim an improvement in experience. Private cloud solutions offer predictable, optimal performance with the ability to customize IT requirements to suit your needs, such as storage, computing, and networking. And when you don’t have to share resources with anyone else, there is greater control over how these components are allocated. You can rebalance workloads for optimal performance. This can’t be achieved that easily on a public cloud environment where others may monopolize bandwidth or processing power.
2. More Scalability Options
With tightly linked applications running on a public cloud, scalability is often an issue. Conversely, a private cloud provides an environment that helps meet specific performance, stability, security, compliance, and data sovereignty requirements.
Part of the reason why organizations are preferring private cloud hosting is attributed to the proliferation of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings. And growing businesses with their exponential needs are now relying on several clouds.
3. Greater Flexibility
Many organizations are switching from public to private cloud due to greater flexibility. It allows hardware and other resources to be customized according to their needs. However, it’s possible to achieve flexibility by shifting workloads among servers as they experience spikes in usage or when deploying new applications.
Flexibility in the location of the server is one of the most alluring benefits of private cloud computing. It can be placed in your data center or a third-party option. It also facilitates in getting closer to a customer base while still adhering to data regulations in a geographical area.
But even beyond servers and storage, there is greater flexibility to do what you want, such as moving to another cloud solution or interoperating with a public cloud computing solution.
4. Higher Levels of Security
66% of IT professionals say security is their greatest concern. Private cloud hosting provides an enhanced level, with access allowed by one client, thereby providing greater data control and privacy. Resources are not shared, and you can choose the data center location.
You can adopt security levels according to your needs. And since data is kept in a closed environment within the provider rather than on public infrastructure, it can be protected behind a security system with limited internet access and connectivity. With a private cloud, you also know where the servers are located. So additional measures to enhance security such as physical security and anti-virus software can be incorporated. You can even tailor on-site or hosted private cloud to meet unique compliance and security requirements for your industry or region.
5. Improved Resource Management
With private cloud computing, your business can ensure that resources are made available to particular departments when there is a demand for them. It allows hardware to be utilized completely and therefore enables the business to function better.
With the correct resource management tools installed on a server, appropriate resources can be automatically allocated to a server when the need arises or turn off unused servers during low usage. Not only is this an extraordinarily powerful and efficient way to manage servers, but it also helps to guarantee cost and energy efficiency.
6. Saves Time and Money
The private cloud platform permits greater control over costs than the public cloud. First, it prevents you from vendor lock-ins or large investments in owning technology that may limit your choices in the future. Secondly, it lowers the virtual machine costs by pooling resources and aggregating demand from multiple users. And since you are not sharing with anyone, you can access resources quicker.
More importantly, with a private cloud hosting, you can customize it according to your company’s size, industry, business objectives, etc. Therefore, you begin with a known, set cost. And as you fine tune the infrastructure to deliver the expected performance, you can scale up resources when required, making costs and performance predictable and efficient.
In recent years, with the availability of multiple cloud platforms, it takes time to make an informed decision. There’s no denying the agility and simplicity of a public cloud. But it may not be the right one for your business. Forward-looking companies are heading towards the performance and security advantages of a hybrid and private cloud environments, especially those with demanding and specialized workloads.
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