While public clouds offer Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) lower overhead, they introduce risks including poor performance, lost data, and breached security.
IT’s responsibility to protect corporate data and support end-user productivity is driving the creation of private clouds — hosted services delivered from inside the corporate firewall.
Private clouds offer important advantages:
Traditional data center infrastructures house shared databases and deliver services from dedicated servers. Application installation and data processing is left to end-user hard drives. With private clouds IT can consolidate traditional servers by implementing virtual servers.
Virtualization enables IT to:
Creating a private cloud model
Any major infrastructure shift benefits from planning and alignment with business strategy.
Companies must know:
For the first full implementation, it is wise to choose a user community that can quickly benefit from a private cloud. This is a great way to experiment and learn.
Key questions to ask before implementing a private cloud:
Choosing a private cloud platform.
To access all the advantages of a private cloud SMBs must take care in selecting a platform. The platform should recognize that standardization quickly earns positive return on investment and allow IT to configure a catalog of applications that users can choose from.
Since change is much easier to effect in a private cloud environment, management capabilities should help track changes. The more the private cloud platform automates, the more agile the datacenter becomes and the more the investment will pay off.
Learn if a private cloud is right for you.