19 Jul 2021

The Benefits of the Private Cloud

Private clouds differ from public clouds. They offer higher levels of network security and are designated for the sole use of one client.

Private clouds are most often used by government municipals, military bases, and financial institutions. Essentially, places with critical operations need greater control over their security. In fact, multiple organizations such as banks, schools, and hospitals use private cloud networks either by law or due to the security it enables them to offer their customers' sensitive data.

The private cloud model is referred to as "PaaS" or Platform-as-a-Service. The client can store data, run programs, and back up information in a virtual environment provided by servers in a different physical location on their own. While the option is available for organizations to forge their own private cloud networks, most opt to use a secure network provided by a third party. It removes the added hurdle of management and maintenance from their busy schedules.

Multi-fold Benefits

The benefits of the private cloud are multi-fold. The private cloud provides organizations with cloud resources dedicated to their sole use and is not shared with other customers. This means increased security of an isolated network while also adding increased performance due to the fact that resources are dedicated to one organization.

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A critical factor that leans numerous organizations toward the private cloud is its similarities with Local Area Networks (LANs). Here, it is not a substantial logistical leap for a business using LAN to relocate a section of their data to the cloud.

Firewalls

When it comes to highly sensitive employee or customer data such as medical records or banking statements, private cloud networks can help ensure that this information stays secure and protected. In a private cloud network, resources are only accessible from behind a distinct firewall.

Yet, regardless of how secure a network is, they can still crash. Naturally, this can be a troubling development for companies that depend on networks to secure sensitive information. In comparison, private cloud networks offer a virtual environment that is far more resilient to failures. Because private cloud networks can operate throughout multiple servers, this creates partitions between each that allow them to pull resources from different areas. For companies that depend on the constant availability of their cloud-based network, this is a vital benefit of private cloud. It dramatically reduces the likelihood of downtime.

Customization

While the public cloud offering may be cheaper, it can also lack flexibility and customization. Clients can also feel the impact of other client loads, traffic, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and physical maintenance, like when changes or upgrades are required to the system's architecture. 

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Another main benefit of the private cloud is that users can mine their data inhouse. They can run reports to discover how many panels are running, what kind of panels they are, specific areas these panels are placed, etc. This data will enhance their servers and determine what is in the field and what can be improved. On top of that, they can have their own branding for their Software-as-a-Service offering.

The private cloud also offers users the opportunity to react very quickly to specific issues that may arise, such as firmware upgrades. You can do all this without having to go onsite, thus saving time and money. A private cloud also allows you to predict maintenance, again proving to be a cost-effective option. Simply put, you have ultimate control.

The benefits of private cloud networks are clear: enhanced security, increased control, improved reliability, and greater efficiency. Contact Vanderbilt to get more intel about the upcoming SPC Affinity private cloud.