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What is Private Cloud?

It is a model of infrastructure that delivers cloud computing services that are fully dedicated to a single organization. The single-tenant environment allows businesses to have all the advantages of a public cloud while having more secure and customizable cloud resources such as compute, storage and networking.

Take a deep dive through our post on “What is Private Cloud?” and learn all there is to about common terminology and components.

Deployment Models

Private cloud deployment models are of two types; the hardware can either be hosted on-premise or at a service provider’s datacenter. On-premise deployment model means that the company’s cloud infrastructure is hosted within its own data center. This offers a higher level of security but limits scalability due to the fact that physical servers need to be purchased and configured every time capacity requirements increase. This model also puts the weight of the capital and operation costs of the physical servers on the business. In the second deployment model, the cloud service provider bears the costs of acquiring and maintaining the physical servers, which result in more predictable monthly costs as it eliminates the unexpected fees of server repairs or replacement. Hosting a private cloud at a service provider’s datacentre also eliminates the requirement of having an in-house IT department to maintain, upgrade or backup physical servers.

OpenStack Private Cloud

OpenStack is a collection of open-source software tools, components and services that allow enterprises to build and manage an automated cloud infrastructure through public and private clouds, as well as utilize customizable resources with on-demand network access for mission-critical workloads. Due to the sheer amount of options for configuring highly-scalable resources with OpenStack’s ease of implementation, enterprises encounter substantial cost savings as well as an incredibly agile system that is able to change rapidly with organizational growth.

OpenStack private cloud offers the functionality, flexibility, and support needed to build out and manage the type of system you require to properly manage your complex, sensitive data while increasing performance and reducing overall costs.

Benefits of OpenStack Private Cloud

An OpenStack private cloud solution is the logical solution to the problem of the organization’s building and maintaining their infrastructure while trying to uphold compliance regulations and stay on top of security standards. This is possible due to OpenStack private cloud benefits, which include incredibly elastic capabilities, highly-scalable resources, on-demand services, broad network access, resource pooling features, measured services, and cost-effective strategies. Also, strategic flexibility through private cloud gives the ability to innovate while maintaining freedom of choice when it comes to vendor and technology selection.

Benefits for DevOps

DevOps benefits from a Private OpenStack Cloud through 3 OpenStack components:

  • Open-Source: While developers require open ground to create software applications, OpenStack provides the essential liberty to each individual on a DevOps team. The source code for this cloud building platform is available on GitHub as OpenStack GitHub. With the possibility to add additional features, the open source infrastructure creates an ideal option with no boundaries or restrictions and enables open-source CI.
  • Service Liquidity: OpenStack encloses a list of liquid service making cloud computing a natural process for software developers and operators, allowing DevOps teams to include a large number of services in their private cloud environment.
  • Multiple Access Routes: you are not biased when using OpenStack. It’s because OpenStack allows you to access and manage your platform through different pathways. You can access your platform using a GUI dashboard or use command-line tools to make changes to your platform. And that’s not all; you can also make use of OpenStack through RESTful APIs.

Benefits for Enterprises

Enterprises are now realizing that the private cloud provides a more stable solution for their security concerns by dedicating exclusive hardware to each user. Instead of their data being stored off “in the cloud”, one can point to a group of servers in a data center and say that is exclusively our data on those servers, thus alleviating security issues. One private cloud solution that is gaining wide interest is OpenStack, which has become a de-facto standard for open-source based private clouds. Benefits of OpenStack private cloud for enterprises are important in ways like improved uptime and reliability at a lower cost than on traditional IT infrastructure.

Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud

When opting for a private cloud, businesses reap all the benefit of the public cloud which includes scalability, agility, and the ability to create multiple machines for complex computing jobs. However, security in the private cloud offers higher levels of control and privacy. The increased security is a result of firewalls as well as the internal hosting used to ensure that sensitive information is not accessible to third-party providers. This makes private cloud ideal for larger corporations or businesses working in highly regulated industries with strict governance obligations such as finance, health, and insurance. Private cloud pricing also differs from public cloud pricing, depending upon factors such as deployment model, cloud infrastructure provider, the scale of the cloud and other integrated features and services.

In addition, private clouds offer more in terms of customizability. The options available to customize compute, storage and networking are more flexible which allows businesses to curate the ideal solution to fit their needs.

It is important to note that private and public cloud are not mutually exclusive. A private cloud can be used in combination with the public cloud to create a hybrid cloud environment. By using a hybrid cloud, businesses can benefit from cloud bursting, which is the ability to expand and retract services based on changes in capacity needs. This allows businesses to scale computing services to the public cloud when computing demand increases.

Both deployment methods, as well as both the public and private cloud models, have their merits. The decision between which combination is best for a business depends entirely it’s budget, security and scalability requirements.

Your Cloud Provider

Cloud ecosystems simply consist of the resources and services provided or made available to the business in question by various suppliers, including partners, consultants and even consumers. A private cloud can fit into such an ecosystem either in tandem with a public cloud, resulting in a hybrid cloud ecosystem or on its own through the network of suppliers, services and applications.

Ensuring that your selected cloud vendor can deliver on all of your needs is vital. With VEXXHOST, whether the private cloud is on-premise or hosted by us, we can fully manage it or simply provide support as needed. VEXXHOST also offers several cloud solutions, including OpenStack consulting so that you can begin your cloud journey with confidence. For more information on how VEXXHOST can help you build and manage your private cloud, contact us!

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