With the increase in companies transitioning to cloud-based storage platforms, it’s easy to see why businesses who have yet to adopt the technology are interested in doing so. There are many different options available when it comes to choosing an enterprise cloud solution, and it can be difficult to know which one is right for a particular organization. Not every company’s needs are the same, but private cloud platforms are almost always the best bet.
As Marie Alonso noted in the Philadelphia Business Journal, private clouds are much more likely to conform to the existing way an enterprise conducts business functions. Cloud products available off the shelf will most likely require a company to adapt to the way they operate, making it difficult to achieve efficient integration.
Private cloud platforms also offer more reliability, especially when compared to cloud services that are available for free.
“You generally get what you pay for, particularly in terms of support, functionality, compatibility [and] customization,” industry expert Robert Rutherford explained in an interview with The Guardian.
Enterprise data more secure in a private cloud
Businesses that are concerned with the security of their data should implement a private cloud-based storage solution. Disaster recovery is much easier in the cloud because of increased redundancy, and private platforms are more secure than public because enterprise information is stored alone on a dedicated server. Information security is more reliable with a cloud provider because it is their core competency, whereas a business’ IT department may have to worry about multiple things before being able to deal with data security concerns.
David Barker, technical director for Web hosting company 4D Hosting, explained in an interview with The Guardian that critical business applications benefit from the resiliency of the cloud. An application that may have been offline for hours if an in-house server went down would be safely moved to a working server if it were hosted in the cloud, according to Barker.
“By moving that application to a cloud provider you should be instantly benefiting from their scalable, resilient infrastructure,” explained Barker. “Your server will run virtually on their infrastructure, allowing it to move from one physical machine to another if there is a problem or maintenance needs to be performed.”
Making business mobile
Private cloud solutions also offer companies the mobility and flexibility that modern workforces demand. The ability to innovate and collaborate are important to employees, and a seamless cloud platform makes it possible to share and discuss information from anywhere. Utilizing the cloud for mobility is also cost-effective, according to Alonso.
“With cloud computing, a business can maintain easy access to its data with less upfront spending, allowing for reduced capital costs thanks to a reduction in hardware, software and licensing fees,” wrote Alonso.
Private cloud platforms allow companies to store and share information safely and easily, making everyday business functions simpler, more secure and cost-effective.