Private cloud solutions make sense when they make sense. One of the challenges for the CTO of a company is trying to determine if their strategic IT direction will be to utilize a private cloud.
When talking about the different flavors of cloud computing there are at least 4 important topics that you will want to set metrics for. TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), Security, Elasticity, and Performance.
TCO can be a difficult number to come up with. Investing in a private cloud setup typically means that the equipment is owned and operated by the consumer of that storage / compute / and networking. Since the equipment is owned by the consumer, the up-front price tag as well as the TCO will be much higher than if the equipment was leased from a cloud services provider such as First National Technology Solutions (FNTS). The equipment itself isn’t the only expense to keep in mind when totaling up TCO. There is also power / space / cooling to think about, not to mention engineering personnel to run timely patching and installation of the resources.
Security in a private cloud can normally be much more stringent than in a public cloud offering. While security is normally very tight in the public cloud space, the ability to set traffic triggers that would affect all throughput for the environment typically is much granular for a private cloud. The business will typically come up with its own rules on what traffic domains can exist and on specific pieces of equipment. FNTS takes great measures to make sure your data is safe and follows industry practices and standards. We have an annual PCI and SSAE16 audit as well as multiple other industry standard audits that we adhere to.
Elasticity in a Private cloud is typically not as “flexible” as in a public cloud setting. The ability to quickly pull the trigger on procuring and installing new equipment can slow down your TTM (Time To Market) when it comes to available compute resources. Having burstable cloud resources is something that may be hard to justify cost-wise. Many companies rely on a hybrid cloud solution in the event they need large amounts of leased compute and storage for a short amount of time.
Hardware Performance is something that is important to applications that CPU / Memory / and Storage dependent. In the instance that a company has specific hardware requirements (specific CPU, storage with specific IOPS needs) the private cloud shines. It will be much easier for business strategists to procure their own specialized equipment for their private cloud than it would be to try to get a public cloud vendor to make room for clients specific requirements, and still keep the costs down for the business consumer.
There are multiple reasons owning a private cloud may be necessary. FNTS allows businesses to house their private cloud infrastructure in a 24×7 highly secure data center with redundant power and cooling. FNTS also has the ability to help businesses monitor and manage their proprietary equipment at many different service levels. When a business is ready to make the leap to the hybrid cloud, FNTS can provide compute and storage resources with the use of secured private data lines and VPN tunnels.