The benefits of private over public cloud architecture are obvious. Instead of letting scores of sensitive information share space with countless other users and companies, businesses can take comfort in knowing that dedicated resources are keeping their systems optimal and their files in the right hands.
But there are still more benefits to seeking out a private, infrastructure-as-a-service cloud, namely in the way of application deployment and mobility. The IaaS cloud is considered faster and more secure than its peers, making it ideal to help companies move into the modern world of computing.
Businesses interested in expanding cloud capabilities should invest their time and resources into private servers. The superior performance of these systems makes them ideal for essential applications and expansion into other cloud possibilities.
Mobile workforce benefits from private architecture
Infrastructure-as-a-service is a fancy way of saying that the cloud resources in question are not shared with any other customer. Bandwidth is much easier to delegate and effective security can be implemented in less-complicated ways. Simply put, it's safer and faster.
These advantages have helped make the mobile workplace a reality. According to TechTarget contributor Brad Maltz, the enterprise IaaS cloud has helped to smoothly deploy legacy applications, mitigating compatibility issues. In the mobile world, this means that employees will be able to access essential information and operations from remote locations.
But not all apps are created equally. In an ideal world, all applications could be deployed to the cloud, where they could be managed and utilized effortlessly. While that could very well be possible in the not-too-distant future, the cloud is still in a transitional period.
"As you decide which applications you might use in the cloud, take into consideration the amount of use these applications get, how many users will access them and whether you need access to graphics-heavy apps," said Maltz. "Those can be makers or breakers when determining which applications are suitable for the cloud environment." He added that an inability to figure out how to integrate these tools properly can "negate the benefits of migrating these workloads."
Evaluation of apps key to deployments through private enterprise cloud
There are many considerations to make before launching any and all apps into the cloud. According to EdTech contributor Alan Joch, a lot of it has to do with the interface of the application in question.
"The best interfaces are simple and static versus those that change frequently," he said. "Frequently changing interfaces will require changes to the organization's internal cloud processes, driving up cost and driving down convenience."
For example, any software having to do with critical operations, such as those used for resource planning and other mission-critical functions, are probably not ready for the cloud yet. According to Joch, the applications that can benefit most from private cloud deployment are ones requiring frequent updates and "high degrees of customization." Because the cloud is known for being inherently flexible and agile, it can be incredibly advantageous to place frequently-used, constantly-evolving programs there where they can be utilized best.