Aug 302011
 

5 Reasons Why Your Company Should Transition to Private Cloud Computing

Author:OnlineTech

One of the biggest IT buzz words of the past few years, ‘cloud computing’ has brought incredible promise to the world of information technology. Cloud computing interest has lead to widespread curiosity and awareness of public cloud services. Pooled computing resources, divided and allocated to different users, have been proven in the development and testing realm of IT to have tremendous benefits. Those benefits however have been overshadowed by concerns of a lack of security and uptime assurances among Enterprise IT executives

 

Cloud Computing Australia : Cloud Computing - Transition to Private Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Australia : Cloud Computing - Transition to Private Cloud Computing

 

The private cloud aims to lessen, if not eliminate, those concerns by dedicating exclusive hardware to each user. Instead of your data being stored off ‘in the cloud’ somewhere, one can point to a group of servers in a data center and say, ‘that is your data, and only your data, on those servers,’ alleviating security concerns. It is a ‘best of both worlds’ solution that can bring important benefits like improved uptime and reliability at a lower cost than on traditional IT infrastructure.

In fact, according to Yankee Group’s recent survey on Cloud Computing, private cloud computing is preferred 2:1 over fully managed public cloud solutions. 67of respondents preferred the private cloud, whereas only 28preferred a fully managed public cloud, 21preferred an unmanaged public cloud, and 8were looking to a hybrid cloud solution.

That is why we compiled the top 5 reasons why your company should rethink your IT infrastructure and look into the benefits of private cloud computing.

5. Dedicated hardware means increased security. Much like a dedicated or colocated server, the security of your private cloud depends on a variety of factors. However, if you have the proper physical security, anti-virus software, and firewall rules in place, you can rest assured your data as safe as if it were sitting right next to your desk. With a private cloud, you know where your servers are located and that the proper physical and network security is in place. You can meet and talk to those in charge of providing support for your hardware and come visit it if you like.

4. The transition from physical to virtual servers leads to better flexibility. This is one of the most alluring benefits of cloud computing. The ability to spin up and tear down a server in a matter of minutes is incredibly powerful and useful. No longer is there any wasted effort in trying to size a server beforehand when you can create a server on the fly. Need more disk space? More RAM? More CPU? No problem. With private cloud computing, you can reallocate resources in moments without worrying about finding a physical server that will have the resources your new server needs.

3. Fully utilize your hardware with better resource management. Virtualization significantly increases the value of your physical server hardware. Instead of having 5 servers that average 10CPU utilization, you can virtualize the 5 servers on one physical server, sharing the resources. This decreases rack space, power usage, and is easier to manage. This also allows you to create copies of your servers and have them up and running very quickly, now that they have been virtualized. If you have the proper resource management tools installed on your server, you can automatically allocate the appropriate resources to a server when it needs it or turn off unused servers during low usage; an extraordinarily powerful and efficient way to manage your servers.

2. Virtual servers combined with a SAN allow for improved protection against disasters. When you connect a SAN to your private cloud, incredible redundancy can be achieved. Not only can you load balance between servers, automatically shifting server resources between servers on the fly, but in an N 1 environment (having at least 1 extra server than absolutely necessary), you can shut down one server without causing downtime. Imagine performing maintenance on your server like adding more RAM, replacing a hard drive, or upgrading software, without experiencing any downtime. When configured correctly you could power off one server and it would automatically shift the virtual servers over to an available server in your cloud. Taking your disaster protection up one level, you could have another SAN in another data center and perform SAN to SAN replication for a hot site DR environment capable of full recovery in less than an hour.

1. Switching to private cloud computing will save you time and money. The best part about a private cloud is that not only do you get all of the great benefits of virtualization and security, but it can be cheaper and less of a hassle then hosting your own servers or buying dedicated servers. If your company has more than 2 servers, it could benefit from virtualization. If your company has more than 10 servers, it could benefit from private cloud computing with a dedicated SAN and multiple physical host servers. The public cloud revolutionized Information Technology forever; the private cloud brings the benefits to the masses.

Conclusion: Save Money, Save Time, Sleep Easy: Transition to Private Cloud Computing.
The private cloud hosting is still a relatively new concept, but is based on some technology that has been around for a while and has proven itself for years. Besides providing some tremendous benefits of pooled computing resources and virtualization, it maintains the security and reliability of a normal dedicated server. The private cloud is not for everyone but a managed data center operator can make the transition to private cloud computing an affordable process and enable you to fully experience all of the great benefits of the private cloud.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/technology-articles/5-reasons-why-your-company-should-transition-to-private-cloud-computing-3811960.html

About the Author

Online Tech offers a full spectrum of hosting solutions including basic colocation, managed colocation, managed dedicated servers and private cloud hosting in our Michigan data centers. We can deliver our data center solutions more cost effectively, with lower overhead, less risk and better support than most IT departments can do themselves.

Aug 302011
 

Building the Private Cloud

Author: OnlineTech
A private cloud combines the benefits of cloud computing, flexibility and cost effectiveness, with the security, data integrity, and service level agreements (SLAs) of SAS 70-certified, managed dedicated server environment.

Cloud Computing Australia : Cloud Computing - Building the Private Cloud

Cloud Computing Australia : Cloud Computing - Building the Private Cloud

 Private cloud hosting delivers dedicated servers, storage, and networks, so each client is assured an exclusive framework that offers data integrity and network security. This eliminates the concerns inherent to a public cloud environment, such as other clients’ applications running on the same server.

Your company can share applications, storage, and network resources in a secure, dedicated environment that is physically separated from your provider’s other client environments. The hardware, SAN, virtualization, and operating systems are configured and managed by the provider to your unique specifications.

Some providers’ private cloud offerings utilize VMware as the engine to run its virtualization platform. VMware is the industry leader in virtualization, considered enterprise-grade, and is fourth generation vitualization technology. VMware and private cloud solution together provide the following benefits:

Reduce costs while increasing operational efficiencies – Quickly provision cloud resources for business critical applications as needed, and save your company the cost and inefficiency of additional underutilized hardware purchases, data center builds, and staffing.

Easily add and tune computing resources – Virtualization services allow easy scaling for each private cloud environment. A provider can dynamically add and tune computing resources for our private cloud clients as the demands on their applications grow and change. It eliminates the need for permanent investment when a temporary demand spike can be accommodated by accessing the resource pool.

Use experience to build your customized environments – A provider’s experience in multi-server environments, shared data storage, network security, and virtualization mean the operations team is ready to deliver private cloud solutions to meet your specific needs.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/technology-articles/building-the-private-cloud-3780595.html

About the Author

Online Tech offers a full spectrum of hosting solutions including basic colocation, managed colocation, managed dedicated servers and private cloud hosting in our Michigan colocation data centers. We can deliver our data center solutions more cost effectively, with lower overhead, less risk and better support than most IT departments can do themselves.