Most Businesses are transitioning from onsite to Cloud Storage at a rapid pace. According to a study conducted in 2012 by KPMG, 81% of Businesses are evaluating a Cloud Solution, have planned a Cloud Implementation, or have implemented a Cloud Solution.
Some of the benefits of the Cloud; agility, flexibility, scalability and distribution of workload without significantly increasing the IT budget, are the reasons for the transition. However, some Businesses are undecided on whether to have onsite Data Centers, Cloud Storage or Hybrid Model. The choice of onsite or offsite storage should be determined by the factors important to the Business; cost, security, availability, disaster recovery and efficiency.
Transitioning to Private Cloud
Some Businesses are hesitant to put data in the Cloud because of various factors, for example:
- In-House Policy on Data Recovery
- Usage Patterns of the Workload
- Regulatory & Compliance Issues
- Application Integration with Tiered Enterprise Functions
For these Businesses, an on-premise Data Center is a more logical option.
There are three main factors that Businesses should consider when selecting on-premise Data Center options. These considerations are Consolidation, Virtualization and Automation.
- Consolidation refers to consolidation of Data Center Infrastructures such as hardware footprints for network, storage and systems. Consolidation of available Infrastructure is done to minimize capital requirements for storage services.
- Virtualization refers to leveraging virtualization technologies such as server virtualization, desktop virtualization, and application virtualization. These technologies can be shared across multiple platforms by users at different access points. Virtualization enables Businesses to save costs, by leveraging existing Hardware Infrastructures.
- Automation refers to the way a Businesss stored data is managed. Businesses can set up models that enable IT Servers to deliver the required data to a Business Unit. Self-Service Units can be created to deliver data automatically.
Benefits of Offsite Private Cloud
A Private Cloud gives a Business more control over Infrastructure. This is accomplished by enabling on-demand capabilities, where more services can be added quickly based on the dynamic needs of the Business. Offsite Private Cloud servers have several advantages that provide a better option than an on premise Data Center or Public Cloud.
- Enhanced Security. Private Cloud Services are dedicated to a single Business, The Businesses network, data storage and hardware can be designed for high security levels that cannot be accessed by other Clients in the same Data Center.
- Higher Performance. A Private Cloud can be integrated with a Businesses intranet and deployed inside the firewall. The transfer rates are dramatically increased compared to use of the internet. There is no worry of slow page access times as the Cloud Providers have robust infrastructure with multiple redundancy levels.
- Customizable Storage, network and hardware performance in the Private Cloud can be specified based on the requirements of the Business.
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