Pros and Cons of the Private Cloud

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-30-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Pros of the Private Cloud: Security
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    Pros 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.
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    Cons of the Private Cloud: Remote Access
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    Cons 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.
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    Pros of the Private Cloud: Control
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    Pros of the Private Cloud: Control

    The private cloud offers more customized control with respect to maintaining data and infrastructure, including server operations.
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    Cons of the Private Cloud: Scalability
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    Cons 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.
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    Pros of the Private Cloud: Operational Efficiencies
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    Pros 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:
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    Cons of the Private Cloud: Start-Up Spending
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    Cons 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.
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    Pros of the Private Cloud: Resource Provisioning
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    Pros 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.
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    Cons of the Private Cloud: Maintenance
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    Cons 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.
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    Pros of the Private Cloud: Business App Availability
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    Pros 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.
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    Cons of the Private Cloud: Limited Ceiling
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    Cons of the Private Cloud: Limited Ceiling

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

Nearly one-half of organizations have launched private clouds, according to industry research. And among those which have done so, roughly two-thirds say they've been successful in their efforts. Still, there are even more companies which are going the public cloud route—nearly nine of 10, in fact. Clearly, there are choices to be made. (And those choices may include both. Many businesses practice what's called "cloud bursting," in which applications in a private cloud migrate to the public one once demand for app availability surges beyond the capacity of the private version.) To help CIOs pursue a balanced assessment, we're providing the following list of pros and cons of private cloud adoption. They cover everything from security to availability to support to scalability to operations control. (And you may be interested to know how the private cloud can impact the mobile user experience, given the dominance of BYOD practices today.) Our list was adapted from a number of online resources, including those posted by Dell and Infusionsoft. For more about Dell's pros and cons, click here. For more about those from Infusionsoft, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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