The cloud has made a name for itself over the past few years, and adoption shows no signs of slowing. According to SmartData Collective contributor Paul Barsch, enterprise cloud computing has remained one of the top three areas of investment for CIOs. One of the ways to maximize the benefits of these advancements is to pursue a private architecture. Burrus Research CEO and LinkedIn contributor Daniel Burrus said that private clouds enable a level of security not found in public infrastructures. Not only that, but private clouds have also been known to be more cost effective.

It is important to have a secure cloud platform for businesses to operate it. Public clouds may have advantages, but cannot compare to their privately owned relatives. This is not only true for security reasons, but for financial ones as well.

Misconceptions about the cloud
As the cloud gains more popularity and sees increasing uses, myths about the technology continue to circulate. According to Barsch, many people still believe that there is only one “cloud” in which all users store and send information. This could not be further from the truth – Barsch estimates that there could be thousands of clouds in the United States alone. This includes private and public architectures, all with varying degrees of quality and security.

But while this, in theory, makes cloud selection much more daunting, private, enterprise-class cloud computing has clear advantages. The pay-per-use model of many public clouds can actually be more expensive in the long run, which Barsch said will prevent massive adoption of that particular infrastructure.

Private cloud can lead to savings
While public architectures may seem financially sound, but this may be only within the short-term future. Like Barsch said, these models can inherently be wasteful of resources. But according to Burrus, the benefits can also lie in the potential capabilities of private IaaS cloud services. He points specifically to Revlon, which took 500 of its enterprise apps and moved them to a private cloud. Within two years, the company had saved $70 million dollars. These applications were able to be updated and distributed with much greater ease, resulting in the massive savings. Using a private cloud service provider gave Revlon the necessary agility to streamline many of the organization’s daily functions.

Essentially, it all depends on how the cloud is utilized. These advantages do not magically happen without the effort. Burrus refers to cloud technology as “the great enabler,” and it should be viewed as a tool rather than a solution.