What is a Private Cloud?
Private cloud refers to a particular model of cloud computing where IT services are provisioned over a secure private cloud infrastructure for the dedicated use of a single organization.
As with other cloud models, private clouds will provide computing power as a service within a virtualized environment using an underlying pool of physical computing resource. However, under the private cloud model, the cloud (the pool of resource) is only accessible by a single organization, therefore providing that organization with greater control and privacy.
What are the benefits?
- Security – Because private clouds are dedicated to a single organization, the hardware, data storage and network can be designed to assure high levels of security that cannot be accessed by other clients in the same data center.
- Compliance – Sarbanes Oxley, PCI and HIPAA compliance can be delivered through a virtual private cloud or fully private cloud deployment, because the necessary hardware, data storage, and network configurations are dedicated to a single client.
- Customizable – Hardware performance, network performance and storage performance can be specified and customized in the private cloud.
- Hybrid Deployments – If a dedicated server is required to run a high-speed database application, that hardware can be integrated into a private cloud, in effect, hybridizing the solution between virtual servers and dedicated servers. This can’t be achieved solely in a public cloud.