The Advantages of Private Cloud Hosting

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When making decisions for a business’s IT strategy, the question always comes up: public vs private cloud? Like so many other decisions we make in our personal or professional lives, there isn’t a clear-cut right answer at first glance. Both types of cloud platforms have their merits, but if you are trying to maximize security and scalability while reducing costs, the private cloud is a clear choice.

What Is the Private Cloud?

You may already be aware of public cloud computing platforms like Amazon Web Services, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. There are others, but these in particular have dominated the cloud conversation to the point where when someone mentions the cloud, these are the first and only options that come to mind.

However, there is another option when considering cloud infrastructure, and that is the creation of a custom-built private cloud. Thought of broadly, there are three types:

Software-Only Private Cloud – Software that sits on top of your existing technology stack to provide connectivity and collaboration tools without having to upgrade or install new hardware. This option is generally considered when a company has recently upgraded their existing hardware.

Pre-Integrated Converged Systems – When a business is looking to quickly move their operations to the cloud, this variety of private cloud is the most clean-cut, boxed solution. A hardware and software combination, this will still require setup and integration but is generally ready to go out of the box.

Managed Private Cloud – This is a comprehensive solution that includes hardware, software, monitoring, maintenance, and upgrades with the core benefit of an active support team. This team, like the one at The Millennium Group, builds and maintains a custom-tailored cloud solution for each business.So, what would make a business choose private cloud vs public cloud? It’s true that there are advantages and disadvantages to each. So, let’s first break them down.

Public Cloud Hosting Pros and Cons

Signing up with a public cloud vendor like Amazon or Microsoft generally involves lower upfront costs than a custom-built private cloud solution. While these services meet the basic needs of many organizations, they are a canned answer to potentially changing business environments and strategies. The servers that make up the cloud itself are housed in secure locations around the world, and there is a helpful on-demand component that gives businesses flexibility as they scale.

However, public cloud systems have their disadvantages. Though the upfront costs are lower, it is more cost effective to go private in the long term. Also, public clouds may not meet compliance standards—security, privacy, or otherwise—for a given industry and may not be an option. The lack of flexibility in their “one-size-fits-most” model usually is not adequate for companies with very specific needs.

Private Cloud Hosting Pros and Cons

With a private cloud, especially one managed by professionals at The Millennium Group, you have complete control and flexibility over how the system operates, how it connects to your systems, how your employees use it, and how it interacts with your own goals. As stated above, the cost of a private cloud will generally decrease over time without compromising ongoing usefulness or flexibility. Perhaps the best part is how the system can be configured exactly to fit your needs, from security to scaling alongside your business.

With custom design, flexibility, and scalability come a few challenges. First, you will own and be ultimately responsible for whatever hardware your private cloud uses. Similarly, you and your vendor will need to manage security and compliance as required.

You are gaining control, but also gaining additional responsibilities.

The disadvantages of a private cloud can all be overcome by an expert managed service provider. Just like the ongoing management of a public vendor but with an approach tailored to your business, the choice becomes clear.

Why Private Cloud Over Public Cloud?

Ultimately, the decision is up to you. A small, fairly run-of-the-mill company with standardized needs may benefit from the simplicity of moving to a public cloud vendor. However, private cloud offers substantial benefits for any firm looking to expand, pivot, and evolve.

Many of the downsides of a private cloud are simply downsides if a business is trying to go it alone without much support. That’s where The Millennium Group comes in.