Your Top 5 Private Cloud Questions Answered

Now when many businesses talk about cloud, they’ve got setting up a private cloud infrastructure in mind. With no resources being shared and complete control over your set-up and environment, it’s no wonder!

Apparently according to a study done last year by IDC , 55% of IT execs
prefer a private cloud over a public one.

Since we have just launched our new private cloud services we thought that this was a good opportunity to address some of the questions that you might have about making the migration. Many businesses don’t understand the benefit of a private cloud or may be unsure if it’s better than their current dedicated server set-up.

The following common private cloud questions should help shed some light on the topic and give you good food for thought when choosing a private cloud provider…

#1 – How secure is a private cloud? How about in a disaster?
Your critical data and applications are fully secure in a private cloud environment as all the hardware and the software is dedicated only to your company. Private cloud is just as secure as having your own dedicated server environment. Firewalls and private networks can be setup for better security and isolation when you’re running on a private cloud. Virtual machines are easy to test for compliance to security protocol. Since private clouds also don’t rely on specific hardware resources, they are unaffected by any failures on the hardware side.

Private cloud providers can also offer a variety of features such as backups and high-availability cloud storage platforms, in addition to a solid infrastructure, to help your company manage its security requirements .

Any quality private cloud set-up should also help your business meets its disaster recovery goals. At Cirrus, we are ready to consult with you and even help you create a business continuity and disaster response plan.

#2 – Aren’t private clouds expensive?

It will depend on the individual set up and needs of different businesses. However, a private cloud server will have a very small premium when compared to dedicated servers. The cost is approximately $15.00 per CPU core.

Because the applications (Mail, Web or SQL) run on the virtualized environment, in most cases the additional cost can be offset by the savings on licensing costs. Did you know that most application vendors, such as Microsoft and Parallels for example, offer discounted pricing for licenses that are used in a virtualized environment?

There are also other considerations, such as how much the cloud solution will help to streamline your organization’s processes and boost efficiencies. For many, this more than makes up for any additional cost on the IT side of things.

Get the provider in question to run you through the cost structure; they should be able to consult with you on the best and most cost effective private cloud set-up for your particular business needs. All in all, with the pricing and quality available in today’s market, a private cloud set-up really is affordable for any business.

#3 – Scalability is really important to me. How does the private cloud fare here?

With the help of Shared Storage (i.e. iSCSI), a private cloud can be easily expanded or shrunk by adding or removing nodes from the cloud pool. RAM and power can easily be boosted to accommodate traffic spikes or demanding applications. Private cloud servers are just as easily scalable as other web hosting solutions. It’s this kind of flexibility that can really be a boon to your business.

#4 – What kind of resources will I have at my disposal? What is my availability like?

The scalability and redundancy of private cloud environments mean that availability is top-notch.

Once again, if a highly-available, redundant and centralized storage is available, Virtual Machines can be moved between cloud members. This feature is also useful when there is a hardware failure or a planned maintenance for a piece of hardware.

You will notice that the private cloud’s SLA will be superior to that of Dedicated Servers as the Virtual Machines are hardware independent and can be easily moved to another node. In fact, the SLA and QOS of the Cirrus cloud really are unlike what larger cloud providers like Amazon and Microsoft can offer, with no rigid rules and customization to fit your business requirements.

#5 – What if I can’t manage a private cloud?

With a private cloud server, you have access to full admin control of your server(s). But, if you’re concerned that your business does not have the internal resources to manage a private cloud environment, there is always the option to go for managed private cloud services, such as what we offer here at Cirrus. The hardware nodes and the virtualization core are supported and managed by our team and therefore, you only need to only manage your applications on your Virtual Machines. It makes management a breeze.

By setting up their private cloud with Cirrus, businesses can access enterprise-level technology at affordable prices. As true technology agnostics when it comes down to core virtualization, the sky’s the limit. There is an array of options when it comes to hardware, components, and add-ons. Click to learn more about our private cloud servers in Canada.

When choosing a private cloud server environment, there are many take it or leave it set-ups but there are also flexible, customizable options. Do your research and ensure that your provider can meet all of your needs.