Is a private cloud the “Promised Land”?

Many companies out there are reluctant to activate public cloud services because they doubt the hosting provider’s ability to reliably deliver on security, compliance and “trust”.

They recognize the flexibility, scalability and cost benefits of migrating to a cloud platform but are not quite convinced that providers have what it takes to deliver on the so-called “Promised Land” offered by a public cloud service.

While I could spend the rest of the blog arguing why this should not be a concern, the truth is there are compelling reasons why a company should sometimes forgo a public cloud and instead concentrate on launching their own internal cloud platform.

There is no need to wait for a hosting provider to “catch up” to your expectations; instead, exercise the control and level of customization you need right now through a private cloud initiative.

“And the best part about this is that if you activate a private cloud service internally, what you are basically doing is building a stepping stone to a public cloud in the future,” said analyst, Thomas J. Bittman, EMC Consulting.

A private cloud allows your team to tap into these services now rather than waiting until public hosting providers are ready.

According to EMC, most companies have started out on the path to cloud computing but do not even realize it.

“We call it new because capabilities — both managerial and technical to execute the approach — have only recently come together. However, the major components of private clouds have been around for years and chances are you are probably implementing many of them currently,” said Sandra Hamilton, EMC Consulting Vice President for Infrastructure Consulting Services.

“If you are consolidating, virtualizing or automating management of technology resources. If you are provisioning IT offerings as a business service or organizing it as a shared services org. If you are building more security into information and apps themselves, in addition to perimeter firewalls you are already well on your way to deploying a private cloud.”

According to Hamilton, a private cloud is a natural extension of all these improvement initiatives mentioned above.

Both Bittman and Hamilton stress that a private cloud puts business resources where the action is allowing a company to make better decisions, innovate faster and make your IT department more agile.

If you spent most of your nights in 2010 waking up in cold sweats about the stability and scalability of your current technology platform perhaps it’s time to consider a private cloud.

EMC say the time is ripe for enterprise computing to move to private cloud for three reasons:

  • Any businesses in need of a cost, performance, innovating and agility boost should consider a private cloud.
  • The technology and techniques are available and improving. Hosting providers can help you establish roadmaps and help simplify organizational, operational and technological implementation.
  • Many enterprises are at key decision-points today. As we emerge from recession many organizations have some catching up and re-investing to do including in IT. The time is ripe to configure a private cloud and unleash new forms of business agility

If you find yourself nodding your head while reading this then it’s time to contact our Virtual Internet Team who will be glad to discuss your requirements and reassure you with additional information about our trademarked VI-Tal Support package that is offered FREE of charge when you sign up for a private cloud. This package operates round-the-clock, 24/7 manned by the best support staff, technicians and cloud engineers in the business.

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