Private Cloud

When you need the highest levels of data security and ownership, the public cloud might not be the answer, but Private Cloud is. Our team is on standby to answer any questions you might have.

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Private Cloud from CloudCoCo

Our private cloud offerings, utilising VMware technologies can scale from a small deployment for a single person business through to solutions for multinational organisations. This in-turn will support businesses delivering their services to customers across the world.

We work with you to understand your business’s needs to create the optimal private cloud solution.

Our private cloud solutions are deployed on the VMware Hypervisor helping to provide a single console for management of all your applications whilst providing the added benefits of maximising the utilisation of the physical hardware.

CloudCoCo working with our hosting partner THG Hosting, has access to data centres in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Singapore, New York City, New Jersey, Dallas, and Salt Lake City and via global partnerships with other carefully vetted service providers, we can offer hosting services in 50+ data centres in 30+ locations across five continents.

THG Hosting’s data centres are fully staffed by technical specialists who are available 24/7 to fully support your infrastructure. Ranging from simple tasks like powering equipment on and off, to fully design and maintain your solution. Our offerings are flexible by nature to meet your needs.

In addition to providing managed private cloud solutions, within THG Hosting there are 30+ peering and transit partners available that represent the best in bandwidth and data solutions, that will further enhance your private cloud solution.

Complimenting this we can provide connectivity to workloads you may have running in the global public clouds such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud.

What is a Private Cloud and how does it differ from the public cloud?

“The Cloud” is an expression used across the IT industry which at a basic level means your data, services and applications are hosted and run in an off-site location.
You will commonly hear the terms Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud. Each of these are distinctly different.
A public cloud refers to a hosting service, like AWS or Microsoft Azure, where a customer ‘shares’ common infrastructure with other organisations. The systems and data remain logically separate, however there is a shared dependency on the underlying hardware/infrastructure.

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A private cloud is where the customer has dedicated server hardware and storage devices limiting the effects that can happen during high demand periods, whilst providing increased security and helping to achieve specific compliance requirements (i.e. PCI).

A hybrid cloud is a combination of both private and public cloud. The data and applications are hosted in the most appropriate type, mainly to reduce costs as public cloud services are generally ‘cheaper’ than the private cloud equivalent.

Why would you need a Private Cloud?

The key benefits of a private cloud over a public cloud are largely security based.

This is one of the main reasons a business would opt for a private cloud over a public one.

However, there are also other reasons that might be considered.

Sensitive business data that cannot risk being co-opted or breached via a public cloud and for this reason it is necessary for many businesses to operate using a private cloud, deploying and managing their own security services, like firewalls, and all the security benefits that these provide.

As well as enhanced security and privacy, a private cloud also offers a greater degree of customisation and control, allowing the correct level of resiliency to be built into the design without unnecessary costs where this level of redundancy is not required.

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What are the benefits of a Private Cloud?

Aside from the aforementioned advantages of a private cloud offering better security and privacy alongside more control and customisability, a private cloud also shares many of the advantages of a public cloud.

A private cloud is scalable and so can be enlarged as your business grows.

Private clouds also boast better overall performance; this is due to the fact that resources are dedicated to the one business and where extra resiliency, or capacity is required, it is designed into the architecture.

A high degree of elasticity is also offered by cloud computing; resources can be amended and optimised as necessary.

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Why would you need a Private Cloud?

  • A hosted private cloud does not share infrastructure with anyone else ensuring that no one else effects the performance of the applications or data your business relies on.
  • Like with a public cloud offering, hardware maintenance, software updates and network configuration are all handled by CloudCoCo.
  • The infrastructure and services are not accessed by any other companies.
  • A managed private cloud is similar to a hosted private cloud computing environment, however with a greater degree of management and support from CloudCoCo.
  • The right level of resiliency and geographic deployment can be built into the design to meet your exact needs.
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What are the drawbacks of a Private Cloud?

With the heightened level of self-service and automation that private cloud computing grants, there do come some potential disadvantages in comparison with the public cloud.

Private cloud computing can often be a bit more complex and will necessitate an IT Support team to rebuild and manage the data centre framework. If required, CloudCoCo can manage this for you with our Security Operations Service.

When managed in house this can prove costly and resource-intensive, so the cost needs to be weighed up to determine if a private cloud is worth deploying.

By working with CloudCoCo we can minimise and sometimes reduce the burden placed on your IT department by deploying our solutions with the VMware Hypervisor solution. Through a single console, IT teams have a holistic view of all the applications, hardware performance and network utilisation and can easily make changes.

Another advantage of using our VMware solution is the flexibility provided to move to a Hybrid Cloud solution in the future allowing you to balance your workload between the public and private clouds whilst still retaining the single view of our applications.

Get in touch today to see how CloudCoCo’s private cloud solutions combined with VMware will drive efficiency and reduce costs.

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How does a Private Cloud offer greater security?

The fact that a private cloud is set up and housed on physical machines means that its security is easier to safeguard as opposed to a public cloud.

The public cloud service design and ability to upgrade (as new services becomes available) is outside of your control.

Much like the public cloud, a private cloud-based computing environment will also rely on strong anti-virus and security frameworks to add an extra layer of security and protection.

Where needed, additional security controls can be easily added including advanced physical security through the use or private access controlled cages.

The security systems put in place are also fully inside your control allowing you to deploy the latest technology when it becomes available rather than waiting for a public cloud provider to approve it for use.

CloudCoCo provides security services for both Public and Private cloud. Learn more here

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Which businesses need a Private Cloud?

For businesses which deal with sensitive data such as financial and customer details, a private cloud may be necessary to make sure that all regulations are being complied with.

This is because private clouds offer a much higher degree of security and privacy when compared with their public counterparts, lowering the risk of costly data breaches. This is due to the design being agreed with you.

Many businesses will also find a private cloud preferable if they need the flexibility associated with a private cloud-based computing environment over physical onsite infrastructure.

Resources can be increased as is necessary for different applications which means that performance is optimised.

How will I know if my business needs a Private Cloud?

If you’re trying to decide if your business would benefit from or necessitate the use of a private cloud, there are a few key things to consider.

An evaluation should be undertaken of the business's data compliance requirements, its flexibility needs, its security considerations and also the financial implications of a private cloud.

If you’re in any doubt, we are here to help. Our Assessment team will work with you to review exactly what is in place today and how it’s used, taking into account any specific business needs. We will then provide you with a full report detailing our recommendation.

We offer a free one-hour consultation with our experts where we will review your existing cloud services and provide you with a free report showing what you can do to maximise your investments. Call the team today on 0333 455 9885 to arrange your no obligation session.

Whilst weighing up the various advantages and disadvantages of public and private clouds, you may also want to consider a third option: the hybrid cloud.

This is a combination of private cloud and public cloud services. Communication between each service is facilitated by proprietary software.

Hybrid clouds offer simplified management as well as application and data portability amongst resources.

To find out more about how CloudCoCo can help you achieve the perfect cloud solution for your business, please get in touch with our team of specialists today.