IBM research, AT&T and ACS together made a major breakthrough in cloud-to-cloud connectivity. This new technology reduces the time it takes cloud-to-cloud connectivity to set up from a matter of days to a matter of seconds. One of the benefits of cloud computing is that, due to its status as a new technology, major advances are coming every couple of months from the best and brightest.

This new development manages to create flexible bandwidth usage limits for connections without disrupting the speed of data being used in other connections. This means that instead of letting information flow in from another data center at a trickle, a given network can detect that it needs to allocate bandwidth to this large process and begin receiving a lot of information at once. The ability to automatically give bandwidth to heavy processes on the fly has direct benefits to users of the private cloud, as enterprise customers may more frequently have to shuffle data between large data centers in order to properly utilize their cloud service.

One of the very few advantages the public cloud had over private cloud hosting is now gone, and the ultimate cost savings of private cloud hosting make it more economical for businesses, despite the intially higher start-up cost. The ability for cloud-to-cloud interactions to move much faster than before creastes the incentive will to stick with cloud computing hosting solutions with a strong track record for safety and security, which the private cloud has demonstrated repeatedly over the past few years. This is a great moment for anyone who is thinking about investing in private storage options to begin pursuing a private cloud strategy.

Overspending is not an option
As data becomes a bigger part of enterprise budgets, overspending is turning into a much more serious issue. John Morris of Network Computing says that, "Private cloud solutions for large storage needs… are dramatically less expensive [than public cloud options,] providing savings on the order of 65%."

This is an enormous reduction in costs for enterprises that routinely deal with very large quantities of information. Without substantial effort to reduce these costs over time, the amount of money spent on data storage can end up hamstringing a corporation, lowering its bottom line and scaring off investors. Investment in technology is quite literally an investment in the future of the company.

Morris recommends evaluating the pros and cons of developing a private cloud that can utilize object-based storage systems, which allow for more efficient storage of unstructured data. The use of object-based storage can reduce replication in a system, which is better for a data structure in the long run. Using storage like this can also help to reduce the time it takes for large cloud-to-cloud interactions to happen, which can further boost the gains of enterprises using private cloud hosting sa their number one hosting solution.

Now that cloud-to-cloud interfaces are so much easier and quicker, it is likely that there will be an upswing in data volatility. There will be more transfers between more clouds, which means more information to deal with and more responsibility of cloud hosting providers to give the best possible service to clients. This means that the benefits of cloud hosting are more fully realizable than ever before, since the increase in data flow will allow for much more substantial transfers of information between workers, but it also means that making the right step in choosing a strong private cloud hosting provider is more critical now than ever before. Companies have a golden opportunity to set up multiple data centers that can communicate effortlessly with each other.