A hot topic of conversation at the recent Microsoft Tech Ed 2011 conference in Australia was how and when companies decide it's time to deploy the private cloud instead of a public or hybrid model.
According to a recent Lifehacker report, the question has been cropping frequently in enterprise IT environments. For most companies, increased data security is the main allure of deploying a private cloud.
As with its public counterpart, services are shared when using a private cloud. However, and unlike the public delivery model, all such applications are only accessible to a single company. While for some the private cloud eliminates some of the cost-saving benefits of the technology, many companies are willing to make the sacrifice for better cloud computing security, according to the report.
ZDNet tackled a similar issue with a recent report on private cloud computing that it released. According to that report, all companies are different and it's up to the IT department to determine what's best.
Sometimes, however, companies simply don't have a choice.
"For industries like finance where regulators demand that companies know exactly where confidential data is stored, it can be the only practical option," Lifehacker report author Angus Kidman wrote. "In businesses with highly customized applications, it’s also often a more practical way to integrate additional apps."
Still, some cost benefits do come with the private cloud, such as centralized management handled by a vendor and a consumption-based pricing model.
There's certainly a lot for companies to think about when making the move to cloud computing, and data security needs to be at the top of the list. The cost and flexibility benefits of a hosted solution will be completely wiped out should the company suffer a data breach or loss. When deploying the cloud, always make sure that the proper steps have been taken to ensure all goes smoothly.