Public and private cloud deployment models differ. Public clouds, such as those from Amazon Web Services, IBMCloud, Azure or Google, share a computing infrastructure across different users, business units or businesses. However, these shared computing environments aren’t suitable for all businesses, such as those with mission-critical workloads, security concerns, uptime requirements or management demands. Instead, these businesses can provision a portion of their existing data center as an on-premises — or private — cloud.
A private cloud provides the same basic benefits of public cloud. These include self-service and scalability; multi-tenancy; the ability to provision machines; changing computing resources on-demand; and creating multiple machines for complex computing jobs, such as big data. Cloud automation and management tools should be implemented and chargeback features are preferably added to track computing usage so business units pay only for the resources they use.
In addition, private cloud offers hosted services to a limited number of people behind a firewall, so it minimizes the security concerns some organizations have around cloud. Private cloud also gives companies direct control over their data.
But private clouds have some disadvantages. For example, on-premises IT — rather than a third-party cloud provider — is responsible for managing the private cloud. As a result, private cloud deployments carry the same staffing, management, maintenance and capital expenses as traditional data center ownership. With existing staff frequently lacking the required proficiency to optimally manage the private cloud environments, many enterprise clients choose to outtask the management to a Managed Service Provider, that will take away the burden to manage the infrastructure. Additional private cloud expenses include virtualization, cloud software and cloud management tools.
To expand the limits of an on-premises IT footprint, you can extend your private cloud environment by, for example, expanding your VMware environment on IBMCloud, Azure or AWS VMware cloud. This will then make the private cloud part of a hybrid cloud environment. This allows users to scale computing requirements beyond the private cloud and into the public cloud — a capability called cloud bursting.
Proficiency has the required expertise and experience to fully support you with your private cloud implementations. From further virtualizing your existing IT infrastructure, whether it requires software defined computing, networking or storage, we can assist you with consulting, design, implementation and migration services. And through our carefully selected value net Proficiency can provide you managed services to take over the burden of managing your datacenter infrastructure, virtualization layers, operating systems, databases and even many applications.
Do you want (a part of) your private cloud environment externally housed, hosted or placed in an external private cloud? We can provide you with colocation services, hosting services and public cloud service.