For so long, jokes about storing data “in the cloud” were all too common. But cloud computing has become a mainstay in how we do business, and how we store data. So much so, that 74% of tech chief financial officers say that cloud computing has had the most measurable impact on their business, according to the folks at Forbes.
Cloud computing and cloud storage is something that isn’t going away. It’s beneficial for companies that create their own apps, share files, work globally or in multiple locations, and more.
But, what you may not realize is that there are other options outside of the “public cloud,” that is cloud, storage such as Google Drive, Apple’s iCloud, DropBox and other similar public cloud options.
Have you ever considered creating a private cloud? Here’s what you should consider about creating and using a private cloud within your organization:
What is Private Cloud Storage?
When we talk about private cloud storage, what exactly do we mean? Private cloud storage is a way for your company to store data online. There’s no hard drive, it’s all done in the cloud. But unlike the cloud where you might store your family photos or your documents at home, a private cloud is a little different.
Private cloud storage refers to a type of storage mechanism that maintains all of an organization’s data in one place, using in-house storage servers with cloud-based storage technology and computing.
It is a lot like public cloud storage, but it’s more tailored to your needs; it’s scalable and flexible like public cloud storage, but unlike public storage, no one from the outside can access your private cloud. It is owned solely by your organization and can only be accessed by your team, and any authorized external partners. For this reason, you can also think of private cloud storage as “internal cloud storage” too.
The Benefits of a Private Cloud
So why exactly are so many organizations switching to a private cloud instead of sharing items via public cloud systems like Google Drive or DropBox? The main benefits you can receive from using a private cloud for your organization include increased flexibility in storage space and accessibility, guaranteed availability, and advanced security.
It may also save you money in the long run too, because you aren’t paying a third party for more and more storage space.
Scale: Using a private cloud makes it simpler to scale your storage needs on your terms. A private cloud means you can ramp up your storage size quickly, or scale back when your needs change and develop over time. Currently, 57% of all digital media usage comes from apps, and as businesses and organizations develop their own apps, the need to grow storage space expands too.
When you use a private cloud, you have more freedom to scale for this kind of growth, and can also scale back when needed as well -- which saves you money too. And with a private cloud, all data is available in one place.
Security: You want your data to be safe and accessible at all times, and available internally for all members of your organization. The benefit of a private cloud is that it is less available to a security breach from an external source. When you work with the Violin QV2020, you can also encrypt your data on the private cloud to keep it safe from data theft.
Additionally, if things go wrong within your business -- maybe there’s a fire or a break-in? Your information is safe in the cloud. You have the added benefit of business continuance. Your primary data is safe elsewhere, and you are able to recover it, hassle-free.
Performance: Working with a private cloud through Violin means that you have consistently low latency and high bandwidth. Data is spread out across your private cloud in a way that enhances performance, making it faster and easier than ever to access data and stored files. This means that you get consistent performance in a way you might not with a public cloud.
Lower Cost: You may not be aware of the actual cost of your public cloud account. The experts at 451 Research have found that many organizations don’t realize the total cost of ownership (TCO) of using a public cloud.
They suggest that this has a lot to do with hidden charges, like increasing network bandwidth for public clouds. In fact, 41% of IT decision-makers have crunched the numbers and found that a private cloud would be far less expensive than using a public cloud at a comparable size. Some would even pay an additional 10% premium for the added advantages of paying for a private cloud.
The TCO of a private cloud is only one aspect of the perks you receive. When you add in the increased security, the performance capability, and the ability to scale, it just makes sense to work with your unique private cloud.
Having a private cloud at your disposal is like having your own personal, secure data center that you control yourself, and can configure and personalize to the unique needs of your organization.
Violin Systems offers private cloud hosting for organizations of all sorts and sizes. Is it the right choice for you? Let’s work together to come up with the best storage solution for you and your team, so that you can have access to data no matter where you are, with the security and performance you can only get with your own cloud system.
Contact us at Violin Systems today, to learn more about our private cloud options, as well as our enterprise flash storage solutions, and more. It’s our goal to provide you with the optimum storage solutions for your organization.
Whether your goal is to improve speed, latency, flexibility, security, or cost, there’s an option for you in Violin’s Quartet Portfolio. Together, we will come up with the ideal plan for your storage solution, build it for you, then help you implement and manage it.