It’s not every day that a type of architecture can gain a reputation for both being secure and open source. They seem to sometimes be at odds, although in reality many security applications run on the open source license. Just because you know how something is coded, after all, doesn’t mean you can crack the codes generated by the program. This may be why many organizations are interested in using the private cloud to store their more secret information while still being able to run it fairly cheaply. Without having to pay software licenses, after all, it is easier for groups to keep costs down while still maintaining a high degree of control over their data. It is that connection to their information that most organizations using the private cloud want.

A Swiss office, for example, has recently decided to utilize a secure private cloud computing service and centralized data warehouse for the Swiss federal government. The country’s reputation for strong privacy laws and political stability give this decision extra weight to those that might not be convinced of the security of the private cloud. If the Swiss government, known famously for its Swiss banks, can decide to put its information in a central cloud-based location, they may be secure enough. The government is expected to pay $143 million for the data warehouse, and roughly another $75 million for the contract for private cloud service.

Why is the Swiss government developing this server? For the reason that most organizations move to the cloud: It’s more efficient and less expensive than private servers. Although the government currently has 4,000 computer servers, the new platform will have more than that in just this one major cloud computing system. Businesses interested in keeping their details confidential should find the fact that the Swiss can trust a cloud provider as a strong measure of comfort.

How does the cloud get to be so useful?
One way that the private cloud is so useful is because OpenStack, a major open-source platform, is so easy to customize for different businesses. However, its customization and feature-rich profile don’t always endear it to businesses. Many parts of the internal core of the infrastructure have been criticized as being unstable. In fact, a few businesses have said that they do not want to use private clouds if OpenStack is their only option to do so. As with many open source programs, OpenStack is plagued by problems of feature-creep. When most of the hours spent working on a project are done to add things instead of stabilizing the core, it can be difficult for it to achieve a business-quality level of safety. However, it would be untrue to imply that all companies think this way. Many groups are considering OpenStack and believe in the quality of its coding, according to TechRepublic.

Ultimately, the goal of any organization moving to the private cloud is to retain tight data control while increasing the efficiency of information processing. It is possible for groups to make sure that they are able to protect themselves from the problems of inefficient information storage through the use of the private cloud. Further, cloud based services offer the opportunity for organizations to make sure that they are able to stay in touch with their information no matter where they are. Mobile usage and access to confidential information can let everyone within a company or government stay on the same page and eliminate bottlenecks in decision-making. The cloud, when used correctly takes the technological frustration out of working with large sums of data, and simply allows it to be there when people need it.