There is no denying that the cloud is here to stay. According to IT-TNA contributor Steve Wexler, there is no longer any question as to “if” companies are moving their resources into this new age of storage and communication, as much as “when.” But while the race is on to find a place within the cloud, it is leaving many businesses unsure of how to handle these new information technology resources.
An effective solution can be found in a private cloud service provider. By allowing for a portion of hardware and software management to be controlled by dedicated professionals, some of the confusion of implementing and maintaining a new system can be mitigated.
Why private cloud is popular
The sudden popularity boost that the cloud has been experiencing is thanks in part to employees discovering free services on their own. According to ZDNet editor Charles McLellan, there has been an explosion of data creation and consumption in the past year few years. He said that by the end of 2012, the IDC and EMC estimated 2,837 exabytes of information was created and processed. This number is expected to double every two years, eventually reaching 40,000 extabytes by 2020.
This incredible swell in data explains why consumers sought out cloud storage. McLellan said, however, that while services like Dropbox have been gaining popularity for personal use, they certainly do not meet the requirements that enterprise-class cloud computing solutions should have. This has pushed many organizations in the direction of the private cloud in order to maintain standards of security while giving employees flexible tools with which to work.
Private clouds gaining steam
Cloud services in general are seeing an increase in adoption rates. According to Wexler, both Gartner and IDC research firms are expecting spending on cloud technologies to increase over the next year. IDC, specifically, predicts a growth of 25 percent, making the market as a whole worth over $1 billion, while Gartner reports that cloud costs will make up a vast majority of IT spending by 2014.
Private enterprise cloud architectures are a major force behind this swell in deployment figures. According to Global Industry Analysts, security is a major reason for this. Public and hybrid cloud solutions can lack the all-encompassing protection that can be found in a private infrastructure. A study by GIA also found that efficient operations, a cost-effective nature and reduced “time-to-market” barriers can also be cited for the growth in private cloud adoption.
“Against this backdrop, demand for private cloud servers is poised to grow,” GIA said.