Private cloud has been a surprising development in cloud computing. Although the original intent was to enable a truly dynamic business model, for some businesses the concerns of privacy and security outweigh the benefits of public cloud.
As the trend grows, enterprises need to be aware of the strengths and weaknesses this deployment carries.
In some ways, private clouds give you more flexibility. That’s because you can control the workflows and fine-tune them as necessary. Security enforcement is also in your hands, which is crucial when you consider trends like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). At the same time, you can predict performance easily, and even define your own SLAs. Add to this the solid security ensured by private clouds, and it becomes a lucrative option for businesses.
But these advantages come at a price. First and foremost, private clouds are not rapidly scalable owing to resource and operational constraints. The overall cost of setting up a private cloud is also very high. Further overhead is added in terms of having to maintain trained staff round the clock. Then there are some unforeseen but grave risks you need to aware of. Vendor-specific lock-ins are one of them, as you might find yourself growing dependent on a particular platform for all your business needs. Further, private cloud is not a good idea when it comes to disaster management.
Many of the advantages carried by a private cloud are also possible in public cloud, provided you have the right vendor. An experienced vendor can easily overcome the hurdles and make sure your business is bother scalable and safe.