In stressful economic conditions, maintaining backups that can deal with very volatile demands in capacity requires working with providers that can adequately handle flexible workloads. For this kind of emergency relief that many businesses need to keep servers running, the cloud is the best solution, reported Paul Barsch of Smart Data Collective. The reasoning behind this is that only cloud based services are able to provide the amount of disaster recovery options that are necessary to safeguard data against local spikes in power grids, unrest and other problems that can take a business's communications down. Without the kind of support that this can provide, companies are leaving their main axis of information exposed for anything to happen to it.

Groups that want to keep their data safe don't need access to any cloud, they need access to the private cloud. Trevor Pott of The Register wrote recently that public cloud computing doesn't fulfill many of the criteria that its proponents say it does, finding that colocation hosts or private clouds are better at giving organizations they value they need as the prices requested. Although some parts of the public cloud can seem interesting for many users – the ability to spin processes up and down and the flexibility – these solutions already exist in a more secure form in the private cloud. Cloud based services that are private offer intrinsically more benefits due to the stronger service level agreements set between providers and users, and the ability to instantly back up to a server that only one organization uses, means that there are less bottlenecks versus when many groups are trying to backup their file at once.

Cloud based services allow businesses to deal with uncertainty, which is the one element of economics that will always exist. By allowing an organization to scale at any level, the private cloud can meet demand wherever it comes from, whether that means investing quickly in enough storage to meet a surge in customers for an online retailer or finding ways to run research and development programs on servers during a time when all competitors in an industry are coming up with new technology. Finding the right way to deploy equipment can be difficult to puzzle out, and a private cloud server can make figuring out how to allocate daily computing resources a thing of the past.

Reaching for the clouds
The best way forward for groups that need to respond to the variety of factors that are out there to make life more difficult for businesses is to understand what they need to make a private cloud based service work. This means that they need to understand what applications and types of file systems they are going to use, what kind of security measures they are going to need, and what agreements they are going to get with their providers. Understanding how much data will be kept on-site versus taken to the cloud and what options there will be for backups in case everything goes south will be highly critical for any company that wants to stay profitable and, indeed, extant in the long-haul. Once these requirements are met, using private cloud based services will help to greatly reduce inefficiencies and improve the bottom line of the company.

Organizations that are ready to make the shift to the private cloud would do well to make sure that their procurement methods for allocating more server space are as rigorous as they would be for legacy hardware. Working with a trusted provider is a must to establish a cloud presence that works for a company.