Cloud computing is a promising emerging trend in technology, which has already made advancements from itself. This is why the choice between public and private cloud computing exists. For those of you who are unsure, Private cloud computing is a cloud system owned by your organization and public cloud computing is obtaining a cloud system from a service provider to store your company data. Choosing between the two types of cloud computing could be difficult depending on the situation of your organization, but through this article I will provide a general idea as to which option is better.
Nowadays it is widely believed that private cloud computing is better than public cloud computing in a lot of ways. Yankee Group has conducted a recent survey regarding this choice and their findings indicate that private is preferred 2:1 over public. In this survey 67% of the respondents have opted for private. Here are a few reasons as to why private cloud computing is such a popular choice.
The reason why many believe that private cloud computing is safe is because you can know specifically and manage directly the security systems implemented on your hosting data centers.
Whereas in a public cloud computing system it’s all up to the service provider and hence your organization could be unaware of the particular degree of security your resources and servers receive.
Control over resources and data centers
Just as your organization has full control of the system’s security it has control over every other aspect of the system as well. In this case, should you be needing any changes your organization has the ability to directly intervene.
The ability to customize your cloud is also one benefit of gaining control over it. With a private cloud you are free to choose the right infrastructure to meet the requirements of your organization.
Moving from physical servers to virtual servers makes your servers flexible. After you begin to run virtual servers, gaining new storage space and recovering from disasters etc won’t be a problem. The process of finding new servers entirely would become a much easier process.
Hardware is fully utilized
Improved flexibility isn’t the only advantage to virtualization. Unlike having multiple physical servers with under-utilized CPUs, through virtualization, multiple servers can be stored and run on one physical server. As a result, a tremendous decrease in power usage and rack space could be observed.
One major risk of investing in a public cloud is the uncertainty of its continuity. If the service provider operates in the industry for as long as we hope they would, there will be no problem. Yet in a commercially competitive time like today, there is a chance for them to close down before that expected time. Recovering the resources which were stored in the cloud and finding a new public cloud service provider would altogether be a tiring process.
Owning a private cloud has the advantage in this situation since you won’t have worries regarding an external entity holding sensitive information of your organization.
Although private cloud computing could be costlier than public cloud computing, reaping its many benefits is worth the investment in the long run. Hence it is easy to agree with the 67% respondents of Yankee Group’s survey and many other organizations that keep switching to private cloud computing. The article presents a few general advantages of using private cloud computing but there are many other benefits to be derived from it depending on the nature and needs of your organization. Good luck and reach out to us if you have any concerns, suggestions or general feedback.