Cloud computing can sometimes give companies pause. They worry about security issues with the public cloud where their data might be intermingled with the accounts of other people and businesses. As a result, interest in the private cloud to get greater security has been growing in recent years.
In this article, we focus on what the private cloud is and how it can benefit businesses.
What is the Private Cloud?
The private cloud is designed as a medium of storage that creates isolation between the data of one business, entity or individual, and another. It prevents the storage of different people’s and companies’ data from being all on the same hard drive or solid-state drive at a data center.
With a public cloud, it’s not as easy to scale up the requirements as the needs demand it. This is because the facility is being managed for many organizations and people; not just one.
However, the private cloud is run as a single-tenant environment. As such, it is designed for businesses that expect a data facility that can scale as required. Whether that’s larger storage requirements or greater access to the data through a load balancing process with data mirrored across multiple drives for increased data protection.
With cloud computing services, you’re also looking for added security along with privacy for your data.
Not only privacy from outside prying eyes for the company’s most importing intellectual property, but also from internal intrusions too.
Due to the separate containers used within private cloud systems, it’s easier to lock down security from the outside. Data access is not only required to gain access, but individual folders are locked for non-approved users within the company too. Much in the same way as employees are only able to access their file folders and not those of their manager, for obvious reasons.
Better Resource Management
As with any shared environment, whether it’s cloud hosting, web hosting, email hosting or something else - when it’s shared, there’s a price to be paid.
Often, one of the prices is a lack of control over system resources. For instance, when another customer is using the resources far more, it can block other customers from accessing the data or they suffer difficulties doing so.
By using an isolated private cloud either within the organization’s IT infrastructure or via a managed co-location contractual agreement, the appropriate IT resources can be deployed to ensure strong performance at all times of the day or night. No longer are companies held back by the activities of others with their cloud solution if they don’t wish that to be the case.
For businesses that value their privacy and are worried about intellectual property on a secret project, the last thing they want is their data stored on the same hard drive as other companies. There’s too much of a possibility of data getting cross-contaminated should something go wrong at the cloud end. If you worry about this happening at your business, then clearly using a private cloud solution is the right approach to take.