It's safe to say that cloud computing has now made its way into the mainstream of IT - but as more companies migrate applications and data to cloud services, they're encountering a number of new challenges. Data security has become an increasingly vital concern for IT departments, and big data analytics have taken on a central role in decision-making at the executive level. And as the enterprise's needs grow more complex, having a solely multi-tenant cloud deployment is becoming a less pragmatic option.
At the recent Gartner conference, Brent Thill of UBS noted that public cloud services just won't cut it when it comes to supporting the newest wave of analytics programs.
"Having a private cloud in place is necessary to perform those functions and integrates analytics from the public cloud to present a full picture of the business and help companies make informed decisions," said Thill, according to Tech Trader Daily.
Advantages of the Private Cloud
The fact that single-tenant clouds are better suited for big data is only one of the reasons that companies opt for private deployments. The central attraction of the private cloud is its ability to afford in-house IT teams greater control of their infrastructures. Investing in a cloud server that is occupied by the firm and no one else means that executives and IT teams can customize the features of their clouds.
Furthermore, a private cloud offers increased application integration not only for analytics programs, but for accounting and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions as well. And since private clouds run within the corporate firewall, they allow in-house administrators to more closely monitor network security, and even implement protocols beyond standard security to meet compliance or industry-specific requirements.
Hybrid Cloud for New Adopters
However, moving to a private cloud doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Hybrid deployments have become increasingly popular, especially among firms with IT teams that choose to offload specialized systems to a managed cloud provider and still maintain other systems in-house. On the other hand, NetworkWorld columnist Brandon Butler pointed out that companies are hesitant about the public cloud, too.
"The cloud is still in its nascent stages, which means that most organizations are not yet ready to jump into outsourcing their entire IT operations to the public cloud," Butler wrote.
Hybrid clouds, where some resources are maintained in-house or in a public cloud while other applications and resources are maintained in a private cloud, help maintain the scalability and cost savings of the cloud. The key is to ensure that private clouds are chosen for the proper applications. Tribridge recommends only private clouds for systems that contain sensitive information and those that demand high performance, including accounting and ERP applications. In light of these benefits, companies can expect to see more of their competitors adopting hybrid clouds in 2014.