It’s late October now, which means Halloween (and our upcoming themed webinar, which you can register for here) is right around the corner. This time of year reminds people of lots of scary things such as goblins, zombies, witches and other monsters that go bump in the night. While these creatures aren’t real (at least not for the other 364 days of the year), one very real thing that often gives IT and business leaders nightmares is moving to a private cloud. Today, businesses are moving to the cloud faster than a ring wraith in pursuit of Frodo Baggins. Move too slow and the business will fall behind and perhaps never catch up.

The private versus public cloud debate has raged on for well over a decade and CIOs want to ensure that they’re making the best decision. However, deploying a private cloud only seems scary to some because they’re not aware of the benefits of private clouds. A private cloud delivers the same scale and self-service benefits as a public cloud but does so with a modernized architecture designed for a single enterprise. If that’s not enough to convince you, then check out these 10 reasons why the decision to move to a private cloud won’t haunt you.

  1. Greater control over infrastructure: Private clouds give businesses total control over the enabling technologies. Enterprises can take advantage of advanced technologies such as containers, software defined networks and white boxes as aggressively as they wish.
  2. Dedicated infrastructure: Many organizations prefer their own, dedicated infrastructure, so shifting out data and services to a public cloud isn’t a viable option. The dedicated approach provides the peace of mind that IT leaders need and also ensures that the company realizes the numerous benefits of private clouds
  3. Deployment flexibility: The location of the services and data for a private cloud deployment is flexible. If an enterprise has the required space and inclination, the installation can take place on site. If it wants it off site, that can happen as well using a service provider. The benefit is that regardless of location, the power of cloud services will be available to the company.
  4. Increased agility: Digital companies are only as successful as they are agile. Private clouds can scale up quickly making it fast and easy to add new applications, users, capabilities or entire lines of business. In addition, an organization can purchase what it requires right now but then add infrastructure when required so there is no need to purchase assets that sit unused until needed.
  5. Highly secure: One of the benefits of private clouds is that they are very secure – often significantly more secure than a public cloud because it sits on dedicated hardware with a customized architecture. However, a private cloud remains equally available as a public cloud to users who need access.
  6. Customizable tools and processes: When companies sign up for public cloud applications or services, they get what they get and there is very little ability, if any at all, to customize. This typically means a company must change their business processes to match the cloud service. Juxtapose this with a private cloud where it will fit every need because it’s customized to the business, and it’s clear that private cloud is the way to go.
  7. Meets compliance challenges: Public clouds only work for small organization or ones that don’t need to worry about industry regulations or complying with data and security protocols. Conversely, private clouds are designed with exactly those compliance requirements in mind, while still giving large organizations the power of the cloud.
  8. Provides value to companies of all sizes: The scalability and efficiency of private clouds makes them ideal for large companies. However, many small or mid-size businesses that are anticipating a growth spurt might choose a private cloud to ensure they can control costs and have the resources they need to grow.
  9. More cost effective than public clouds: Any large company or operation that is growing rapidly might find the benefits of private clouds to be a better fit because the costs will be more predictable. The organization has total control over the infrastructure, so additional costs can be better controlled.
  10. Custom deployment for each organization: Each private cloud implementation is different, just as each company is unique. Private clouds reflect the needs of an organization because the infrastructure, networks, software are all purpose built with a single company in mind.

If you would like to learn more about public versus private clouds and remove some of the fear surrounding deployments, please join me and Cumulus Networks on October 31st at 8 AM PST for a webinar as we discuss why public clouds aren’t as scary as you might think they are. We will go into more detail about the rise of cloud computing and what to consider when choosing your cloud. Please sign up and see you there!