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What is Private Cloud?

Posted on Sep 07, 2021 7:00 am

Globally, every business, organization, or enterprise is moving towards cloud computing as a solution for security, collaboration, and continuous progress.

When a cloud environment is specifically committed to the end-user it is a private cloud. This is normally within the user’s firewall.

Traditionally, private clouds ran on-site but nowadays organizations build private clouds on vendor-owned data centers that are rented and off-site.

When the foundation IT infrastructure is dedicated to a single customer with unique access, then all clouds become private clouds.

How Does a Private Cloud Work?

To understand how private clouds work we need to know how virtualization works. Virtualization technology is used to merge resources gathered from physical servers into combined pools. This is done so that the cloud isn’t responsible for virtualizing resources individually from a multitude of physical systems. An IT process that is scripted gives the private cloud the capability to collect all the resources from a single point. 

Through an internet connection, users can have instant access to data and applications throughout the organization. 

The private cloud gains administrative control with management software that oversees the infrastructure, platforms, applications, and data. Management software helps the private cloud in optimizing use, monitoring any points of integration, and the retention and recovery of data.

Making the private cloud self-serving is done by applying automation to reduce or eliminate human error with repetitive processes. 

The marriage of virtualization, management software, and automation means that the cloud is now self-serving and the collection of technologies is a private cloud. 

Private clouds have meant that huge servers can be maintained with enhanced data storage and no geographic accessibility. 

Building a Private Cloud

The components needed for cloud computing are called the cloud infrastructure. The core parts of cloud infrastructure remain the same across public or private clouds.

Cloud computing is defined as the delivery of services via the internet. Such resources include tools and applications like data storage, servers, databases, networking, and software. 

The components match platforms such as front-end, back-end, and cloud-dependent delivery and utilized network. A framework is broadly divided into clients, distributed servers, and datacenter. 

Cloud applications are the other component of cloud computing which is defined as software architecture. Cloud applications operate both the hardware and software architecture. There are further components that come under these classifications;

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

  • – Platform as a Service (PaaS)

  • – Software as a Service (SaaS)

There are four core steps to building a private cloud, this multilevel approach helps identify any gaps in your system as you migrate to a private cloud. 

Firstly, standardization gives you the opportunity to opt for which hardware and software components you will use. 

Next, consolidate servers and storage so that the amount of management required is scaled to your exact requirements.

Then, virtualization is needed across most models. Certain PaaS models won’t need server virtualization but these aren’t common in private clouds.

Automation is the next step. This is where you start automating your IT processes to free up staff so they can focus on service deployment or sales. This is also the self-service part of private cloud infrastructure. There are two critical parts to cover; a service catalog and a self-service portal. 

Why Do Enterprises Use Private Clouds?

The private cloud is sometimes the only option to ensure regulatory compliance for some organizations due to its demands for confidentiality, integrity, and availability. 

Enterprises may also use a private cloud for consistent resource demands or their need for flexibility across the organization. 

Private Cloud Benefits

There are multiple benefits of using a private cloud beyond allowing the organization to automatically configure resources in whichever way they need to because they aren’t restrained by physical installations. 

Increase Infrastructure Capacity

A private cloud increases infrastructure capacity to cope with larger storage commands thanks to the advancement of being off-premise whilst remaining economical by minimizing power, storage space, and infrastructure costs. 

On-demand Service

Self-service interfaces and management that are policy-driven allow an efficient on-demand service.

Scalability

Organizations with large workforces can struggle with scalability. With the private cloud, however, this complication is taken out of the equation as it allows organizations to work effectively with business needs. The private cloud has all the capabilities to meet continuously progressing demands.

Increased Visibility

The private cloud gives you control and visibility over all your information which empowers your organization with information. 

Disaster Recovery

Data security is one of the biggest challenges in the digital world. The private cloud offers enhanced security features for protection, management, and recovery as part of efficient business continuity.

Network Security

A private cloud is more secure because it can only be accessed through private network links as opposed to public networks. Private clouds as an option are popular with organizations largely because of the control and security benefits.

Private Cloud Hosting

Private cloud hosting is when an organization’s infrastructure, databases, and servers are all in an exclusive location that cannot be accessed by anyone outside of the organization or the private hosting provider.

This style of hosting is used by large organizations that need functionality that is enterprise-grade and gives them more autonomy over security and control over their data.

Private cloud hosting works through a process of virtualization, they use software-defined servers instead of physical ones. This ultimately saves money on hardware and gives your organization more dedicated servers. 

Choosing private cloud hosting for your organization will give you opportunities to scale up safely and cost-effectively. 

To decide whether your organization will benefit from utilizing a private cloud the following needs should be assessed:

  • – Flexibility

  • – Security

  • – Compliance

  • – Cost

  • – Applications used

  • – Environment suitability

  • – Capacity of the organization

NETdepot’s private cloud hosting offers;

  • – Compliance Ready Software

  • – Advanced Cybersecurity (MDR)

  • – Infrastructure Management Services

  • – Multiple Secure Connectivity Options

  • – Managed Migration Services

Our solution engineers at NETdepot can help you solve your RTO and RFC goals. Our CyberSecurity experts are ready to help solve your business challenges and protect your business from cyberattacks.

Hosting your content on a Private Cloud Server gives you the same fail-safe redundancy of Cloud Hosting with the power of Dedicated Hosting. Meaning you will have at least two servers mirroring your content. If for some reason one server goes down, the second server picks right up where the first left off for zero business disruption. 

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