The Shift to Private Cloud Computing Posted: October 4, 2013 at 4:43 am More companies are shifting to Private Cloud Computing to leverage resources for increased performance, while maintaining the security of the network. – Brought to you by the 2X Cloud Computing Team – As cloud computing technologies turn mainstream, businesses of all sizes are migrating to the cloud. When choosing a cloud model, small and medium sized businesses prefer a Public cloud wherein resources are shared for a lower TCO. However, businesses that deal with critical information cannot compromise on data integrity and security. Additionally, there are certain applications that need more control over the data being processed. It is an indisputable fact that the Public cloud offers highly scalable IT solutions that bring agility to business processes at reduced costs. However, multi-tenancy, RDP vulnerabilities, BYOD, data encryption, data retention and compliance issues are certain factors that make businesses give a second thought to the Public Cloud. This is where the Private cloud comes into play. While private cloud design varies company to company, one common point is the leveraging of resources for increased performance, while maintaining the security of the networks. Below are certain reasons behind the shift to private cloud computing. Enhanced data integrity and security In a private cloud, you have greater control on the data management system. Data managed through your processes is securely stored behind a firewall in your company datacenter. private cloud networks come with enhanced security solutions that are augmented by your network security. Data is securely encrypted and transmitted through a VPN tunnel so that unauthorized people cannot access it. Moreover, data retention issues are prevented. You can use high standard data sanitization methods to completely erase data when you no longer need it. Greater visibility and control on processes Cloud computing technology offers high-end virtualization tools to optimally leverage resources. In private cloud computing technology, there is a greater level of transparency when it comes to networking solutions. You can customize the functionality of the virtualization server, enforce security at network level or virtual machine level, and customize virtual machines and application delivery systems to meet your business requirements. Furthermore, you can use the hypervisor interface to make changes to virtual server settings, while in a public cloud you have limited options in this regard. Moreover, the IT department is happy to regain control and management over the datacenter. Compliance factors As the data processed within your networks is stored in your datacenter, compliance issues are resolved. The private cloud overcomes any hurdles relative to the various regulations on the storage of data in different locations. Moreover, you gain additional control over the data being processed. Private Cloud challenges While companies initially started with public clouds, they are rapidly moving towards the private cloud due to its personalized optimization of resources and security. However, there are certain challenges associated with the private cloud. First of all, private cloud implementation requires a larger investment. Though the cloud provider offers the infrastructure, you still need to purchase new software and hardware. Secondly, traditional business processes might not suit the private cloud setup. You need to work on new processes that require expertise and knowledge of the technology. Likewise, you have to understand how the new platform is created and what security measures are enforced. In short, you still need to manage the infrastructure to some extent, and this requires more human resources as well. Be it a public cloud or a private cloud, choosing the right model depends on the nature of your business environment. Analyzing your business requirements and choosing the right cloud infrastructure is the key to maximizing the benefits from cloud computing.