Businesses are increasingly adapting private cloud computing for a variety of reasons, from storage to remotely hosting infrastructure and providing the necessary tools needed to build applications and programs. These benefits of cloud computing are reasons alone why the private cloud will not be dying anytime soon. However, businesses must learn how to best utilize the private cloud.
Avoid deployment pitfalls
Businesses must deploy a private cloud in an effective manner if they want that asset to gain traction with employees and other users. In Sep. 2014, research firm Gartner published a list of reasons as to why private clouds sometimes fail. Gartner cited a few examples of how private clouds can be mismanaged, resulting in deployments that fail to meet user expectations.
When handled properly, however, the private cloud provides companies with an elastic, scalable platform for supporting any number of business operations. Getting the most out of the cloud requires organizational leaders to take a hard look at their current status and find a solution that best fits their needs.
Because scalability, security and governance all remain top concerns for many organizations, it's no surprise that the hybrid cloud is becoming more and more popular among enterprises. The hybrid cloud is a combined form where some data might be kept in a private cloud, and some data kept in a public cloud. Businesses are increasingly looking toward a hybrid cloud because it has the ability to be reliable and deliver data in a rapid manner, like a public cloud, while also offering the security and management of a private cloud.
Companies are aware of the benefits and are quickly adapting, according to a study conducted by Infonetics Research.
"Hybrid cloud is the next evolution in cloud architecture, with adoption among enterprises expected to more than double in 2015," Cliff Gossner, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research, said in a statement.
Businesses are already adapting the cloud due to the promise of better performance, greater agility and lower costs. Yet, there are still some areas to consider for businesses looking to develop a hybrid cloud:
What will it be used for?
What type of data and usage will organizations use with a hybrid cloud? Financial institutions and firms are some of the biggest users of the hybrid cloud, as these areas need the flexibility of the cloud but have limited space for servers.
Why should a hybrid be used?
Organizations have preferences, and some of those preferences may be the storing of sensitive data on the private cloud while the public cloud handles other tasks. Another benefit of the hybrid cloud is the ability for IT departments to integrate virtually every piece of hardware in a building, from printers, fax machines, scanners and more.
Above all, a hybrid cloud is flexible. Businesses can take advantage of the offerings of a public cloud without risking sensitive data to third parties. The most vital components of the company will remain behind the company's firewall.