The debate regarding whether or not to make a move to the cloud seems to be giving way to a new argument: public or private? The cloud has so much to offer, and public clouds are often employed for their affordability more than anything else.

But the problem is that in many cases, you get what you pay for. Public cloud providers often come up short in terms of security, which can cost companies a fortune in data loss and its inherent litigations. This is where private cloud comes in. While the savings may not be instant, private cloud enables a safe environment in which apps can be deployed and data can be shared with less concern regarding where these things are going to end up.

According to Forbes contributor Richard Bliss, the private enterprise cloud is “a convenient middle ground between a traditional, on-premises data center and full-blown public cloud computing.” It has many of the same benefits, but has fewer of the security risks that accompany public architecture.

Specifically, private cloud gives companies more control over how their data and applications are handled. According to Reportlinker, businesses can avoid “nosey neighbors” thanks to hosted solutions. Because the servers are dedicated to that specific organization, there is less risk of unwanted access from prying eyes. Additionally, all computing power is controlled by the business, allowing for usage allotments that do not have to consider competition for resources. Companies do not have to worry about peak hours of use from other organizations slowing down their work.

According to Bliss, reduction of cost and complexity while increasing efficiency is the mission of enterprise-class cloud computing deployment. Private architecture will help organizations realize those goals.