What is “private cloud”?

Cloud computing provides a wealth of benefits for various organisations. And while some business owners may want to opt for public cloud providers as they are often attached to some big name companies, a private cloud is actually a much more appropriate option.

So what is private cloud computing? And how can it benefit your business?

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the accessing and storing of programs and data over the internet as opposed to the computer’s hard drive. The cloud servers running the programs and storing the data are typically hosted by a cloud service provider.

What is “private cloud” computing?

Private cloud computing is when only one company is running programs and storing data, making the company’s data isolated from others. Cloud computing packages are usually offered as part of monthly leases. As cloud computing services are dedicated to a single organisation, a private cloud can be made to meet the company’s specific needs and data storage requirements.  

Private cloud computing offers companies much greater flexibility, control benefits, security and cost savings. These benefits are hugely valuable for organisations with customisation requirements or predictable workloads, as well as organisations in regulated industries.

The benefits of private cloud

Private cloud comes with a host of benefits that make it appealing to different organisations. Cloud computing services run their IT systems in a private cloud environment, and this makes these systems better for security, resource availability, flexibility and, sometimes, cost savings.

Cloud computing owes a lot of its benefits to the virtualisation technology attached to it. Most servers are underused, but virtualisation technology offers private cloud users enhanced resource availability, as resource demands change and workloads can be shifted to a different physical server.

One of the reasons this occurs is the heightened flexibility virtualisation provides. Virtualisation enables numerous applications and operating systems to work on the same machine. Moreover, the resources dedicated to a particular virtual server can be adjusted to meet application changes.

Some private clouds offer near-endless usage capabilities, with the potential to create, destroy, move and resize a variety of virtual occurrences. This heightened flexibility and resource availability can help companies ensure application performance, as well as cut costs by using servers to their greatest potential.

Low costs are one of the ultimate benefits of a cloud computing system, and they certainly provide businesses with great savings. Private cloud systems can actually be less expensive for many businesses, and experts believe that this is largely due to the hidden charges like network bandwidth that are generally included in a public cloud system until they are charged for it.

Finally, security research regarding public and private cloud servers can be deceptive, as the methodological options such as hosted private cloud environments and grouping on-premises together, or comparing various environments without considering the different companies that actually use these systems. However, research shows IT professionals are concerned about application security and data found in public clouds, and that private clouds are much more effective when it comes to security.  

Essentially, compliance and security experts choose private cloud as it can provide greater security advantages. While any cloud environment requires strong firewall and antivirus protection, a private cloud utilises physical machines, which makes it much easier to ensure physical security. Private cloud access is also more secure because it is accessed through secure and private network links as opposed to the public internet.

Private cloud environments are a highly recommended option for business owners looking to cut costs whilst increasing security on their data storage.