The concept and implementation of cloud computing has revolutionized information technology. Managed cloud computing has proven to be a boon to many IT infrastructures. Pooling resources can provide both flexibility and savings, particularly in areas of development and testing. Public storage may have its limitations, however, for businesses that place a high priority on security and no-fail uptimes. Private cloud computing can furnish a business with a dedicated stack of network, server, and storage hardware that is customizable, secure, and findable on a map.

 

Network Security

The security of any system is dependent upon a combination of factors. Your private cloud can be configured to maintain the same security standards that would be in place if the system were on site. The appropriate anti-viral software and applied firewall rules, combined with the privacy of dedicated hardware keep your business protected. One of the best parts is, you know just where everything is.

Real Flexibility

Virtualization via private cloud can mean a genuine increase in capability. Resizing a server takes far less time than trying to find a server that fits your current need. You simply create what you want on the spot, whether it is more disk space, more memory, or more CPU. Automatic failover switching and balancing of resources keeps the whole virtual machine humming.

Optimize the Hardware

With the correct resource management tools, fully utilizing your hardware becomes easier, leading to more efficient and cost-effective production. Resources may be moved to a server when necessary, or a server may be shut down when not in use. In addition, virtualization allows you to make copies of a server and have them functioning as soon as you need them.

Virtual Servers Plus SAN

When the unexpected happens, your business can be left vulnerable to data loss and worse. Disasters can be averted when you connect private cloud to a SAN. Not only does it enable you to shift resources between servers, but creating an N+1 situation, in which there is one more server available than is critically necessary, makes it possible to completely shut down one server without suffering any downtime.

Cost Effective

It is sometimes said that if your business utilizes two or more servers, then virtualization may make sense for your company. A private cloud may be of particular benefit to those businesses that engage 10 servers or more. There can be tremendous financial advantages to virtualization. A private cloud can take away the ownership responsibilities of hosting your own servers or buying all the dedicated hardware. Plus, with virtually no downtime and easy reconfiguration of resources, the private cloud uses your IT investment to its fullest capacity.

The private cloud can be a smart choice for ensuring the security and availability of sensitive corporate and client data. When a system is set up with the correct applications for security and resource management, a private cloud marries all the information protection of an on-site server with the flexibility of virtualization. Whether or not a transition to a private cloud is right for your business may depend on your needs regarding size and how you would use it. For many businesses, a move to the cloud can be a step toward greater efficiency, profitability, and reliability.