The cloud continues to be a viable solution for storage and productivity concerns. But within these services there are multiple models of deployment. Public cloud servers have been considered cost-effective by some, but their relatively insecure infrastructures leave something to be desired for many businesses. The same goes for many hybrid solutions. This leaves private cloud architecture, which capitalizes on the ease and convenience of the technology but can only be accessed by providers and their customers.

As the world moves to universally accept these new evolutions in technology, organizations are discovering that private hosting is the most ideal solution for enterprise-class cloud computing. Some critics may point to cost as a detractor, but as the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” Public clouds may have short-term savings to offer, but organizations looking to transition have been found to place business needs above temporary cost-effectiveness. The money saved in the long run thanks to proper protections and effective usage far outweighs fleeting convenience.

Companies have goals to meet
2014 is gearing up to be big for cloud-enabled business. According to TechTarget’s Karen Goulart, IT leaders are becoming more concerned with what the cloud can accomplish rather than how much money it can save up front.

The Fall 2013 Cloud Pulse survey, conducted by TechTarget, revealed that almost half of the respondents listed “business needs” as the most important factor in the considerations for cloud adoption. As the differences between old and new computing methods continue to become starker in contrast to each other, company decision-makers are realizing that the best solutions are not always going to pay immediate financial dividends. According to Avoa CIO advisor Tim Crawford, enterprise cloud is being viewed as less of a fad and more of a future, leading organizations to focus more on how to properly equip the company for long-term success than instant savings.

This definitely helps to explain the surge in private cloud adoptions.

Private architectures most viable option
This shift in attitudes is fueling not only a move to cloud services, but specifically to private infrastructures. According to ZDNet contributor Larry Barret, a survey recently conducted by IDG Connect found that 50 percent of IT decision-makers prefer hosted solutions over a public or hybrid cloud service provider. The reasoning behind this can vary from instance to instance. According to Barrett, respondents cited everything from ease of use to the changing demands of customers.