Over the last year, cloud technology has been a topic of great interest. Public services arrived first in the public consciousness, but with them came scrutiny. This is where private architecture came into play. By marrying the convenience of the cloud with stronger security measures, private enterprise cloud can be used to leverage productivity with far fewer risks.

Benefits of private architecture
The cloud is here to stay. In an age when mobile computing capabilities have evolved to new levels, the cloud allows for users to keep their information wirelessly accessible across multiple devices. Public servers, however, are considered far too insecure, especially for enterprise use. According to Data Center Knowledge contributor Bill Kleyman, private architecture is one of the most common platforms for enterprise-class cloud computing deployment, and with good reason.

According to CloudClickware, private clouds have the added advantage of security personalizations. In many instances, company-approved firewalls can serve as an extra line of protection for these kinds of set-ups. Private clouds also mean that employees are not competing for computing resources with other users – these virtualized environments are much easier to use and control thanks to dedicated physical resources, often managed off-site by the cloud service provider.

Understanding how to control private infrastructures
While the cloud can enable vast possibilities for businesses, it is important to remember that it is not a solution, but rather a means to an end. According to Kleyman, cloud computing is "a combination of technologies" that facilitate access to and manipulation of information. Storage capabilities, bandwidth, resources relating to memory and metrics, security and even the end user all have to be taken into consideration when devising cloud-based strategies. Understanding these factors and how they work together is vital to reaping the benefits of this technology.