Pros and Cons of the Private Cloud

Pros and Cons of the Private Cloud

Pros of the Private Cloud: SecurityPros of the Private Cloud: Security

Despite improvements, it’s difficult to track and safeguard data in the public cloud with the wealth of collaboration, storage and sharing occurring there. The private cloud is created for a single organization, thus increasing protection.

Cons of the Private Cloud: Remote AccessCons of the Private Cloud: Remote Access

Increased security has been known to keep mobile users from connecting to needed business functions in the private cloud.

Pros of the Private Cloud: ControlPros of the Private Cloud: Control

The private cloud offers more customized control with respect to maintaining data and infrastructure, including server operations.

Cons of the Private Cloud: ScalabilityCons of the Private Cloud: Scalability

The private cloud is not considered as scalable as the public cloud, so if demand spikes for a particular service at a particular time, your IT department may fall short.

Pros of the Private Cloud: Operational EfficienciesPros of the Private Cloud: Operational Efficiencies

The private cloud acts much like the public cloud in terms of delivering “IT as a Service,” reducing costs and helping users work smarter, faster and better:

Cons of the Private Cloud: Start-Up SpendingCons of the Private Cloud: Start-Up Spending

Initial investments in a private cloud will typically cost more than the public version because of all the set-up involved.

Pros of the Private Cloud: Resource ProvisioningPros of the Private Cloud: Resource Provisioning

Because the private cloud is yours and yours alone, you’ll gain a better understanding of who needs what—and when.

Cons of the Private Cloud: MaintenanceCons of the Private Cloud: Maintenance

Given that a public cloud is hosted off site, the provider is responsible for server availability. If your private cloud server crashes, your IT employees need to fix it.

Pros of the Private Cloud: Business App AvailabilityPros of the Private Cloud: Business App Availability

With a private cloud, workers can take advantage of an organization’s business apps on a 24/7 basis.

Cons of the Private Cloud: Limited CeilingCons of the Private Cloud: Limited Ceiling

While private cloud offers app advantages, you’ll find even more in the public space.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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