What is Private?
Cloud computing has a few different deployment models, including public, community, hybrid and private. Whereas a public cloud is available to the general public or a broader industry group, the infrastructure and IT services for a private cloud are provided to one organization or group of users through a dedicated network and are secured behind a firewall. With services such as the secure private cloud networks offered by Converged Communication Systems, your business can reap a number of benefits.
Businesses with private cloud solutions store and back up information in a virtual environment created by servers that reside in a different physical location than the company. Private cloud services offer the same scalability and efficiency as public clouds but with a higher level of security. While public cloud users typically access the same servers and use the same networks, private cloud servers can be privately leased and hosted internally. They also use encryption to establish a secure network connection. Many organizations that seek or are required to maintain a high level of security - such as healthcare providers, government agencies and financial organizations - turn to private clouds for data storage.
In addition to enhanced security, private cloud networks generally give you more flexibility and control. With public cloud services, your company might have to adjust to a predetermined setup. With a private network, however, you can adjust the network to best fit your needs. Private cloud solutions can take your specific business goals, growth strategies and current IT infrastructure into account and offer various options for customization.
Furthermore, when you purchase public cloud solutions, you'll owe monthly payments indefinitely. Meanwhile, private cloud technology is more likely to come with a flexible pricing model, and, if you purchase or lease infrastructure as a service, your payments will go down in the future.
Because you don't share private cloud infrastructure with other clients, you can also avoid one of the drawbacks of public clouds: the impact of traffic from other people using the same network and infrastructure (i.e., the noisy neighbor effect), which can lead to more unpredictable disk performance.
In addition, private clouds can help you organize and allocate resources to reduce strain on your network. This presents an advantage for companies looking to address concerns about costs and energy efficiency, in addition to boosting productivity.
Finally, because private cloud networks operate across a number of servers and can access resources in different areas, they offer better reliability when physical system failures occur. For companies that depend on their networks to store sensitive information, this offers the benefit of significantly reducing downtime.
There are a few different private cloud options available, including self-hosted solutions and externally hosted and managed networks. Although it's possible to set up and host your own private cloud, many businesses prefer to use a secure network provided by a third party, which takes on management and maintenance responsibilities. To figure out if a private cloud solution is a good fit for your business and to learn more about the secure private cloud networks CCS offers, contact us today at at 877-598-3999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.