Understanding private cloud as a service
Misunderstanding is a big issue in this area, as is fear of change from what worked ten years ago still barely working now.
I’m sure at this point we’re all familiar with as a service (aaS) - the idea that any one particular section of what constitutes your IT infrastructure can be outsourced and provided to you, as a service by an external provider.
As a service is a relatively new concept, and thus leaving the confines of the office and the all internal team can be a big step in a more traditional IT departments eyes.
Just as disaster recovery (DR) can be provided as a service, so can software, platforms and infrastructure... You quickly get the idea.
The definition and use of private cloud as a service
BIG POINT to remember: Private cloud is defined by the management rules and privacy/security settings attached to it. IT IS NOT defined by its location or the company that owns it. We really can’t stress that enough in understanding exactly what defines a private cloud.
If the management of the server is confined to a singular person or departments access then really whether it’s onsite, offsite, underwater, underground, in the sky, don’t care, it’s still a private cloud.
Whether you’re using your own wholly owned private cloud or leveraging one as service, what defines its parameters will almost always come down to the industry you’re in, the compliance, mitigation and security regulations as well as the datasets/ workloads it will be dealing with.
Financial, technical, and medical industries all form prime examples of businesses that will be governed by having to have a private cloud to operate legally and safely.
Security & compliance within private cloud as a service
Many, many companies will only have an on-site private cloud, because they believe it is the easiest way they can satisfy data compliance laws. They feel it’s most secure under their own roof, and thus only accessed or managed by their two known IT managers, keeping security airtight.
Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth, and although compliance and security are two things that many businesses get scared about easily, this classic scenario can be way more vulnerable and work intensive than you think.
In-house, your traditional, private cloud (if you already have one), is only as strong as the security procedures and encryption policies that you apply to it. Even then, you still need to trust your staff are rigorously implementing and maintaining them at each of stage of the process, be it server, switch, router, staff devices and so on.
By leveraging a private cloud as a service, you will need to extensively plan and layout exactly what you need in terms of security, encryption and compliance.
The data centre being used will legally have to give you a list of staff with access from their end, if any, all of which would have been fully vetted for that task. Furthermore, any and all certifications legally have to be maintained and updated yearly for the data centre itself to satisfy its own compliance requirements yet alone yours.
Benefits of private cloud as a service
Private clouds go far beyond the traditional reaches of what a traditional on-premise private server could offer. It’s a self provisioned extension of a virtual machine harnessing a variety of compute resources.
Defined by you, managed by you, with as much as or as little data and procedural security on it as you want. Between the agile scalability, ease of provisioning and ability to constantly upgrade or downgrade your security as and when you need it, the benefits simply outweigh the cons.
As businesses today need to be reactive to innovation, and agile when moving between clients technological and legal requirements, the private cloud provides the perfect add-on without the massive commitment of a self-managed on premise solution.
If you’re considering a move away from on-premise servers to suit a more secure workload or cost-efficient offsite solution, then the private cloud might just be your answer.