Modern IT departments have a lot on their plates. These staffers have traditionally been seen as “gatekeepers” within their respective companies – everything from keyboards to data centers were a part of their domain, and other employees looked to them more frequently for support. But the consumerization of IT has complicated all of that.

Workers are more equipped than ever to perform certain computer operations on their own through both stationary and mobile devices. This may seem like it should be a blessing for IT, but it is in many ways a curse. Because regulation of company technology is being decentralized and more personal smartphones are entering the workplace, tech workers have found themselves going into overdrive trying to craft and maintain efficient, effective policies and strategies.

IT as a whole struggling on some cloud fronts
One of the specific areas where this has been seen is in the cloud. IT employees are being challenged to find a solution that provides other staff members with the abilities they require without all of the security complications that come part and parcel. As it stands, there are a number of organizations that currently allow workers to leverage whatever consumer cloud solution – Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. – they wish to use. But the location and status of these kinds of servers are rarely understood by those who use them. Permitting not just one but all of these services to be used with enterprise data means taking a pretty big risk.

The answer to this issue, of course, is not to avoid cloud entirely like some companies are still trying to do, but embrace a private architecture. But while some larger entities might have the kind of resources to finance, build and manage their own cloud servers, others do not. IT staff, specifically, already have quite a bit to deal with – they are now expected not only to handle the upkeep of a business’s machines and networks, but apply them in mission-specific ways to current enterprise practices.

Private hosting inherently aids IT
Cloud-as-a-service is a concept that is taking off in a big way. People are beginning to realize that hosted infrastructures enables their business’s IT workers to focus more on driving the company forward than being bogged down with keeping it running. In this way, The Tennessean contributor James Fields believes that private enterprise cloud hosting is akin to renting a car.

“Where you rent a car, you expect to be able to jump in and drive off, safe in the knowledge that your car will work,” he wrote. “You also expect the rental company to take care of all necessary maintenance, repairs and breakdown assistance.

“The same is true of the ‘cloud.’ When you sign up, you get to use the software without worrying about installation, maintenance, updates or security. You also don’t need a server or any of the other additional IT investments that larger suites of software used to require. All that is taken care of by your cloud service provider.”

This is what makes private hosting so incredible – everything is all taken care of. This enables IT staff to cut their workloads down so that they can increase the quality of what they are doing. How will the cloud be applied around various departments? What are employee expectations of the cloud? These are the kinds of questions that IT needs to be concerned with, as opposed to scheduling various rounds of anti-virus scanning and disk defragging.

Private hosting provides right amount of control
Businesses need to have a hand in their cloud deployments, not only on account of {to enforce?} secure, streamlined IT practices, but also to create a more cohesive working environment. The use of various consumer cloud services means that employees are all doing the same thing but in very different environments. By unifying staffers under the same cloud, companies can foster a sense of unity, allowing essential files and programs to be shared effortlessly across a single interface.

This is possible to do with onsite deployments, but attempting to shoulder IT with this task may be too much for them to handle with everything else that is required of them. Public clouds can solve some of these problems, but do so in a way that endangers sensitive information – not to mention cause complications during peak usage hours due to shared server space.

Private hosting remedies all of these obstacles without skimping on enterprise class cloud computing. By handling the menial responsibilities associated with system performance, private providers enable their clients to use the cloud without worrying about keeping it afloat.

“By taking explicit control of the storage and maintenance of your data, cloud-based vendors relieve you of these duties and offer a number of advantages that other software providers don’t,” wrote Inside Self-Storage contributor Tim Schlee.