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Top 4 reasons your business should move to private cloud

In the last few years, Cloud Computing has been one of the major Information Technology buzz terms that has brought unbelievable promise to the IT world. Its interest has brought about extensive inquisitiveness and awareness of public cloud services with mainstream brands all having ‘A Cloud’.

Written by: Gareth Johnson

Pooled resources for computing, shared amongst different users, have been proven to have great benefits in the constantly evolving field of IT. However, fear of inadequate security and uptime assurances amid IT decision makers have outshone those benefits.

The aim of private cloud is to lessen or even eradicate those fears by providing each user with segregated cloud platforms. Your data, rather than being stored off somewhere in the cloud, you’d be able to identify a cluster of servers in a datacentre and state exactly where your data is on those servers thereby appeasing any concerns for security. It’s a win-win solution for both parties that has the capacity to create tremendous benefit, including better uptime, predictable IT costs and dependability/reliability. It is also more cost-effective than a conventional IT infrastructure and allows the consumer to benefit from the performance and protection of enterprise level hardware an organisation would never buy within its in-house IT department.

CIS consider the following top 4 reasons your company needs to reassess its IT infrastructure as well as explore private cloud computing benefits.

1. Segregated platform implies improved security.

Very similar to a co-located or dedicated server, your private cloud’s security is dependent on several factors. Nevertheless, if you’ve got the correct physical security, software for anti-virus and rules for firewall primed, we guarantee that your data is as secure as if it were just right beside you in your office. Identifying Cloud providers who adhere to ISO27001 or the Cyber Essentials Security (CES) program, provides an assurance that the data you host is being handled in a secure, professional manner.

2. It offers better flexibility when switching from physical to virtual servers.

Of all the benefits Cloud computing offers, this one is the most fascinating. The ability to spin up and bring down a server in just a few minutes is extremely powerful and of great use. There’s no need to waste effort sizing a hardware server when you can create a virtual one instantly. If you need more RAM, more space on your disk or more CPU (processing power); no need to worry. Cloud computing enables you to change resources within a few minutes, completely removing the need for a right sized physical server with headroom built in for you to ‘grow into’.

3. Make use of your hardware completely with better resource management.

The worth of your physical server hardware is significantly increased by Virtualisation. Rather than have five servers that utilise on average, 10% CPU, why not virtualise the five servers on one physical server and share the resources. When this happens, rack space and power usage are reduced and the management remains easy. In addition, the process enables you to create copies of your servers and get them working faster than they would alone on the hardware as the virtualisation process has been built with software that interacts at every level with the operating system.. With the appropriate tools for resource management installed on your server, allocating resources to the server can be done automatically when needed or removed from idle servers in times of low usage. This is an extremely powerful and well-organised way to manage servers.

4. You save money and time when you switch to private cloud computing.

Not only will you be getting all the tremendous benefits of virtualisation and security, it is actually more cost-effective and less stressful compared to buying dedicated servers or hosting your own servers. Your company will benefit from virtualisation if you have over two servers. Further benefit comes from private cloud computing with devoted SAN and physical host servers if your organisation has multiple servers or server storage systems. Whilst public Cloud transformed IT in the mainstream, the private cloud is bringing the benefits to the everyday IT user and to organisation who want to move away from a traditional hardware owned capex invested model.

In Conclusion: Switch to Private Cloud Computing to Save Money, Time, and Sleep Well.

Although the concept of private cloud computing is still fairly new, the technology it is based on has been in existence for some time, a reflection of a military system using mainframes and terminals. In addition to offering some great benefits of shared computing resources and virtualisation, it preserves the safety and dependability of a regular dedicated server. Private Cloud isn’t for everybody however, a managed datacentre operator such as CIS is capable of transitioning you to private Cloud computing at an affordable cost enabling you to completely enjoy all of the great benefits private cloud offers, get in touch!