As business is increasingly conducted online, more companies are implementing cloud computing solutions to meet their service needs. It can be confusing to determine what type of cloud service is best for an organization, as there are many types with different uses. A private cloud platform is the most reliable and beneficial choice for enterprises, as it allows for the most customization, enables companies to improve their business processes and boosts innovation.
"The first stage of the cloud was about modernizing technology," industry expert Frank Slootman told Forbes. "Now we are in the period of transformation. It's about changing the way people are doing things."
Benefits of private cloud
Private enterprise clouds make IT processes simpler by automating manual takes, standardizing processes and consolidating systems. Virtualizing and unifying architecture is also made easier, which in turn reduces management points from between 20 and 60 to closer to five, according to Logicalis solutions architect Rob Gee.
Cloud services employ automation processes which can save money and increase data speeds. On average, a company is only utilizing 5 percent of its stored data at any given time. Cloud computing allows for de-duplication processes to be implemented, making it possible for businesses to regain 45 to 95 percent of their storage capacity.
Storage tiering is also useful in freeing up information space, and auto-tiering enables an organization to create a data storage structure that best suits its needs. The cloud offers endless automation capabilities that improve upon traditional service delivery methods.
Private clouds make it possible for enterprises to scale their storage in a uniform manner. As a company grows, RAM, or any additional capacity, can be added as necessary. This scalability eliminates the need for multiple networks and cuts down on the number of cables and switchpoints to deal with.
An enterprise cloud is also a great tool for implementing globalization efforts into a business.
"Everyone connects from where they are, touching the exact same systems and experience that everybody else does," said Slootman. "Cloud systems are designed with the latency of the Internet in mind, such that systems can massively consolidate, standardize and globalize service processes."
Automation, scalability, customization and globalization are all benefits of implementing a private cloud platform. Employing a private enterprise cloud solution creates numerous opportunities for growth and innovation, as businesses are able to select services that meet their specific needs.