Businesses are exploring more options with their private clouds. The cloud is increasingly becoming a common platform for enterprise software because of its flexible infrastructure and ease of provisioning, as well as its cost-effectiveness. However, private cloud architects must be cautious to make the most of the advantages offered by this cutting edge technology. There are several suggestions on how to get businesses the most out of private cloud computing.
It is important for businesses to realize that there are three main objectives for using private cloud solutions: to save money, reduce waste, and improve productivity. Private cloud computing is basically the consolidation of all internal resources in a single data centre. Through virtualization of both hardware and software components, businesses can rapidly increase productivity and reducing waste by real-time prioritising workloads and reducing costs associated with over-utilisation of bandwidth, storage, and servers. The shared responsibility of managing these resources therefore ensures that companies have significantly reduced costs and increased flexibility, allowing them to invest in more critical tasks, which have a direct impact on the bottom line.
Most cloud computing providers today offer ‘managed services’ or clouds, which allow IT to select the appropriate resources on demand. This gives IT more control, but at a higher cost. A better option would be to deploy private cloud solutions as a service – where companies can rent out their own hardware, management infrastructure and software to run their business. Many companies also manage their own deployment, though this is not always possible. Businesses could also opt to deploy their own service provider solutions.
Many enterprises need their own network infrastructure to function smoothly. Some use their own data centers to house all of their hardware, while others simply rent a hosting account from a service provider. Either way, it’s crucial to have the right cloud architecture to suit the organisation’s needs. There are two basic types of private cloud service architecture.
Private cloud service architecture that involves physical servers is known as private PAAS. In private PAAS, the enterprise owns and manages its own infrastructure. This includes all the hardware necessary for its own servers, including the processors, memory, storage devices, etc. An employee hired by the enterprise can simply log into the control panel of the private PAAS and select which servers to use, without having to ask an administrator for guidance. For businesses that don’t need their own network infrastructure, this could be ideal.