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Private Cloud Security
Private cloud is the phrase used to describe a cloud computing platform that is implemented within the corporate firewall, under the control of the IT department. A private cloud is designed to offer the same features and benefits of public cloud systems, but removes a number of objections to the cloud computing model including control over enterprise and customer data, worries about security, and issues connected to regulatory compliance.
Features & Benefits
Higher security and privacy
Public cloud services can implement a certain level of security. However, private clouds – using techniques such as distinct pools of resources with access restricted to connections made from behind one organisation’s firewall, dedicated leased lines and/or on-site internal hosting – can ensure that operations are kept out of the reach of prying eyes.
As a private cloud is only accessible by a single organisation, that organisation will have the ability to configure and manage it in line with their needs to achieve a tailored network solution. However, this level of control removes some of the economies of scale generated in public clouds by having centralised management of the hardware.
Cost and energy efficiency
Implementing a private cloud model can improve the allocation of resources within an organisation. This occurs by ensuring the availability of resources to individual departments/business functions can directly respond to their demand in a flexible manner.
Even where resources (servers, networks etc.) are hosted internally, the creation of virtualised operating environments means that the network is more resilient to individual failures across the physical infrastructure. Virtual partitions can, for example, pull their resource from the remaining unaffected servers.
Some providers may offer the opportunity to employ cloud bursting, within a private cloud offering, in the event of spikes in demand. This service allows the provider to switch certain non-sensitive functions to a public cloud to free up more space in the private cloud for the sensitive functions that require it.