These days, everyone wants to move to the cloud.
But calling it "the cloud" is somewhat of a misnomer. There are actually many clouds, and not all of them are created in the same way. Some public services might seem like cost-effective ways of making the transition, but their use of shared servers can cause headaches for businesses. Hosting in this way can cause bottlenecks in service and possibly breach information to other users. To store a data center within one of these operations could create serious complications.
This is why private hosting has caught on so well with enterprises. The offsite nature and customer-specific server space of these organizations makes them ideal for large amounts of sensitive information.
"With the growing trend of IT departments moving to the cloud, some will favor private clouds over the traditional data center approach, especially for more sensitive applications or in order to comply with industry regulations," wrote ZDNet contributor Ryan Huang.
There is serious risk involved with placing data center operations in public architecture. Private hosting is the only way to ensure enterprise-class cloud computing.
Public clouds get a few things right
It is easy to see why public clouds are popular. They offer offsite locations and the servers are maintained by professionals, leaving little worry for in-house IT. But the sharing of server space can negate those advantages in an instant. Breaches are far more likely to occur in public cloud infrastructures.
It used to be that the only other option companies had was to build and maintain their own cloud servers. But tech employees have likely experienced an increased workload with the explosion of computers and mobile devices that has occurred within workplaces around the world, and as such do not have the time nor the resources to handle an undertaking this great.
Enter private hosting. Private hosting keeps servers segregated, maintained and protected at a much greater level than public providers can promise. Public services may cost less initially, but the amount of money that will be saved down the road will be critical. There are possible disasters at every turn, and businesses can jeopardize their longevity by not choosing the right cloud.
Taking a gamble
While it might be possible to make a public cloud transition for data center operations, that does not mean that caution can be thrown into the wind. In many industries, the stakes are higher than others. Some professions have strict sets of regulations that they must answer to. Not only could adopting a public cloud endanger privileged information, it may carry legal ramifications.
According to industry expert Bernard Golden, this refers to "Company data with location constraints based on data privacy laws and regulations." He wrote that processing data neat its source may be a requirement because of restrictions that keep it from traveling to certain places.
This is why having enterprise-grad cloud is so important. There are plenty of companies out there today that operate on very tight budgets. The impact of downtime or a lawsuit could threaten a permanent closing of doors.