Definition from Microsoft: The private cloud is defined as computing services offered either over the Internet or a private internal network and to selected users only instead of the general public. Also called an internal or corporate cloud, private cloud computing gives businesses many of the benefits of a public cloud, including self-service, scalability and elasticity, with the additional control and customisation available from dedicated resources over a computing infrastructure hosted on premises. In addition, private clouds deliver a higher level of security and privacy through both company firewalls and internal hosting to ensure that operations and sensitive data are not accessible to third-party providers. One drawback is that the company’s IT department is held responsible for the cost and accountability of managing the private cloud. So private clouds require the same staffing, management and maintenance expenses as traditional data centre ownership.
Two models for cloud services can be delivered in a private cloud. The first is infrastructure as a service (IaaS) that allows a company to use infrastructure resources such as compute, network and storage as a service. The second is platform as a service (PaaS) that lets a company deliver everything from simple cloud-based applications to sophisticated enterprise applications. Private clouds can also be combined with public clouds to create a hybrid cloud, allowing the business to take advantage of cloud bursting to clear more space and scale computing services to the public cloud when the computing demand increases.
One of the main strengths to the Quiss portfolio is that we are agnostic when it comes to the cloud deployments we offer. Each client that we work with and each prospect we talk to have slightly different needs, expectations, solution sets and personal opinions so we think it would be wrong of us to offer a one sized fit all approach to technology.
As part of our ongoing drive for quality and service we offer several ways to look at what potentially is the best route for using technology within your business. One way is by offering a cloud technology workshop that enables you to look at what is currently available, what other similar companies use and then overlay your business requirements on top. We can build an agenda that will answer many of your questions and at the same time introducing us and our methodology to you.
Solutions within our private or co-lo environments are like that you will absorb in the public cloud so having invested heavily over several years both in terms of technology and people it is a viable alternative to those who choose that path.