Private Cloud Computing

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Cloud computing involves storing a user’s data in a remote location and is delivered as a service over the internet. A person can access cloud computing through a web browser or through a mobile app. Cloud computing basically involves storing the user’s data in the internet in a private and secured manner and in such a way that the data can be retrieved any time and at any place. It relies on sharing of resources which is used to achieve coherence and economies of scale.

Coming to private cloud computing, it is that kind of cloud computing which is used for a single organization and does not permit members of any other organization or the public to access the data and to be viewed in any form. This form of cloud computing is absolutely secure and is generally managed by a third-party or even managed externally or internally. The organization should be clear regarding the resources to be shared and whom to be shared with prior to getting a private cloud formed.

What is Private Cloud Computing?

It can be said that private clouds are a powerful combination of technology and commodity hardware which involves networking and storage and is allocated dynamically with policies that are decided before hand. We can also add new services as well as create them with the single click of a button.

A private cloud also requires users to buy, build and manage them and is thus considered a bit costly. Private cloud computing is very useful in the business field and improves the business a lot.  A private cloud should be managed well enough so that there is no vulnerability of any sort to the data shared and the cloud is completely secure and permits users only from the same organization. Private cloud computing is like roping-off a section of the bar for your private party. You can have some ownership or control of the service, software and hardware sharing is limited and encryption is king. It offers a segregated solution and thus takes service and security to the next level. Some vendors, including Amazon with its Virtual Private Cloud offering and Microsoft are gaining popularity in the tech world.

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Private cloud computing benefits

1) Private cloud computing boosts business in a very big way. For example- if there is a demand on IT systems and networks or there is a new product to be launched soon, they can be scaled to meet it.

2) If a retailer expects that there are spikes in its e-commerce system during a promotion, a marketing manager, or the corresponding IT member responsible to the marketing team, could bank on a private cloud to handle the spikes, holding other jobs in abeyance temporarily while also billing that cost to the promotion.

3) Private cloud computing also help in self-service portals, metering and charge-back systems as they help in allocating resources to those who demand for it.

4)  They can also play a huge role in measuring consumption and can also allocate expenses. It provides a next generation infrastructure that shares data inside an organization in a very flexible manner. The main usage of this can be attributed to the privacy and security of using a private cloud.

5) A private cloud also has a greater speed, user satisfaction and operational efficiency in comparison to other conventional methods that are used.

6) Private cloud computing also offers mobility, thus enabling it to be used anytime and at any place.

7) It can help focus on business critical tasks without incurring costs for additional manpower.

8) Private cloud hosting services don’t require users to purchase VMware software licenses or implementation services.

9) Private cloud computing offer security and offer sophisticated methods to authenticate users. Companies also use this to encrypt data in these private clouds before storing it in third party vendors.

10) The clients who offer private cloud computing also offer 24*7 customer care support thus removing the possibility of any kind of hassles.

11) In comparison with a private computer system, cloud computing offers the ability to store much more data.

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Images taken from http://cloudstack.apache.org/

Private cloud computing software

There are a number of private cloud computing software available in the market. Building a private cloud computing system is nowadays considered as the first step to cloud computing for many organizations. It also removes a number of restrictions which are offered bt the IT department. Thus private cloud vendors are gaining popularity nowadays.  Abiquo Private Cloud Solutions, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), Microsoft Private Cloud, Red Hat Cloud, Citrix CloudPlatform and Eucalyptus cloud platform are some of the popular private cloud management software available in the market out of which Citrix is an open source platform and is thus completely free.  Using such software definitely makes you escape the corporate firewall and much costs.

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