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Fully Leveraging Your Private Cloud Investment

Countless businesses are currently evaluating private cloud services, wondering just what this configuration could offer their organizations. Such an investment could make all the difference for your company, but IT administrators must know how to leverage the platform so that it provides the most value.

So what options do you have for leveraging your private cloud? Let's take a look:

Private for a Reason: Guarding Sensitive Information
When cloud computing first emerged, many business leaders were hesitant about its ability to secure sensitive information including customer details, financial data and employees' personal information.

Private cloud was built to support these kinds of security-sensitive items. As opposed to its public counterpart, private cloud is heavily guarded to ensure that only those authorized can view and utilize its content.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service
IBM noted that one of the most popular uses for private cloud is an infrastructure-as-a-service, or IaaS, model. With IaaS, resources are available much quicker, enabling the company to kick off initiatives faster than in the past.

"Consider a development team that needs a server for their project. In large companies, it takes at least 30 days to make a new physical resource available," IBM pointed out. "Imagine that, rather than 30 or 40 days, that server becomes available within a few hours."

IaaS can enable just that, ensuring that businesses have the resources they need almost immediately. This flexibility can make all the difference in an enterprise setting, allowing teams to be more productive and better support the company and its goals.

Software-as-a-Service
Another popular utilization of private cloud is for software-as-a-service, or SaaS. Instead of investing in a license that enables use for a certain period of time, SaaS allows for companies to pay fees depending on their level of utilization.

With SaaS, a pool of aggregated servers is treated like a single, unified machine to launch and support the virtual software environment. IBM noted that there are a number of advantages to this setup, including the fact that workloads can be evenly distributed across available resources: Any unnecessary servers from the resource pool can be switched off to save energy, costs and resources.

Managed Private Cloud
Although companies can invest in their own on-premises hardware to establish and support their private cloud, many businesses are opting for a managed private cloud solution.

"The major downside in private cloud development is capital expenditure," DreamScape contributor Kristi Arnold pointed out. "You'll need to lay out big bucks to install and maintain your own servers for virtualization. And having an existing server structure won't necessarily save you much in startup costs."

Thankfully, there is another option: a managed private cloud. In this configuration, an expert service provider maintains the hardware off-premises for the company, and clients only pay for the services they need, greatly reducing the initial investment. And best of all, the internal IT team is free to focus on other mission-critical aspects of the business while the service provider's expert staff maintains the cloud infrastructure.

To find out more about managed private cloud services, contact Hostway today.