Virtual Private Cloud – A Feasible Substitute To On-Premises Computing

Virtual Private Cloud – A Feasible Substitute to On-Premises Computing:

Public Cloud has been gaining popularity and has become the most favorable deployment model for most organizations because of its cost efficiency and flexibility. It allows a huge number of users to share the computing resources provided by their service provider and pay only for the resources they actually use. Enterprises understand these benefits but many still prefer a private environment for their workloads because of security and privacy issues and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) helps meet that demand.

VPC is a similar idea where the enterprises use a private cloud that is a small part of the public cloud instead of owning a cloud infrastructure themselves.

The reasons behind enterprises choosing VPCs are usually the complexities in building an on-premises private cloud from scratch. A private cloud may shoot up the costs due to increased management responsibilities and smaller economies of scale. Some enterprises may not even have the infrastructure required to completely build and manage a custom private cloud within their own IT department. According to Lauren E. Nelson, a principal analyst and private infrastructure-as-a-service cloud lead at Forrester Research, 82% of enterprises with 1,000 or more employees don’t have the employee strength to build a private cloud server.

In some cases, it is because many enterprises that think are operating a private cloud are actually just running a standard virtualized environment.

 

Before an enterprise chooses to deploy a VPC, it should first understand how it differs from the on-premises private cloud and the benefits and trade-offs it brings with it.

  1. Server Setup: A virtual private cloud has a lesser number of users who have higher control over their sections of the cloud server whereas, a private cloud distributes resources across multiple physical servers.
  2. Location: Generally, a VPC is hosted at an off-site which is usually hosted by a third party service provider. On the other hand, an on-premises private cloud is situated at your own data center.
  3. Cost: A Virtual Private Cloud is vastly inexpensive and cheaper as compared to the On-Premises Private Cloud. This is basically because of the costs incurred on hardware, installation, set-up and maintenance.

 

Essential benefits of Virtual Private Clouds:

  1. Security: The data storage, network, and hardware can be designed according to the security needs of your business and cannot be accessed by clients or companies in the same building or data center.
  2. Compliance: Since the network and storage configuration is based around your business, it is easier to monitor the security and compliance needs of your business.
  3. Customization: You can completely customize the network, storage and hardware performance according to the needs of your business. You can add CPUs, RAM, and Storage as and when required.
  4. Cost Effectiveness: The amount of money spent on Virtual Private Cloud depends on the resources required by your business. You’ll know how much each resource costs and how much you have to pay for any additional storage, hardware or network components you require.

 

With the many benefits of Virtual Private Clouds, enterprises these days have started taking a path towards Hybrid Cloud and are implementing VPCs to combine cloud and on-premises computing. This way, they can make use of shared resources by keeping their workloads private and secure.

Are you also looking at implementing Virtual Private Cloud for your enterprise? Sysfore can build you a single dedicated private environment that is fast and flexible enough to run everything from your CRM systems to your ERP solutions. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or get in touch with us at +91 (80) 4110 5555.

5 tips to build a successful Cloud Computing strategy

Cloud Computing has been driving innovation in almost all sectors of the market and offers multiple perks. To leverage the power of Cloud Computing, businesses need to have a solid Cloud Strategy in place.  But, with the number of options to choose from, admins usually have a hard time deciding which one to pick for their business and how much to invest in it.

Here are the top 5 tips to build a Cloud Computing Strategy for your business:

Select the right Cloud Type: It is one of the most important and confusing decisions when it comes to building a Cloud Computing strategy. Based on your budget and need, you need to carefully assess the pros and cons before selecting the right Cloud type for your business.

Evaluate your options: Earlier, Cloud Computing was adopted by SMBs for low-cost solutions. Now, many big companies are moving to Cloud to avail cost-cutting benefits. You need to see where you fit – it can be for IT support or to start a BYOD policy in your workplace or anything else. All you have to do is to consider your bandwidth needs and evaluate the reasons why you want to move to the Cloud.

Plan your budget: Storing important files on physical drives requires a fixed investment and so does the Cloud in terms of hiring the proper workforce. But, once the company has made a move to Cloud, the cost decreases gradually. You should plan your budget and invest in the size and type of Cloud that best fits your workload sizes and suits your pocket as well.
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Key Cloud trends to watch in 2017

The cloud market continues to grow at an explosive rate, with an increasing number of enterprises adopting the trend to realize cost and scale efficiencies.

Here are some key Cloud trends to watch in 2017:

Big public cloud providers will enjoy a sharp increase in their revenues: The global public cloud market is growing at a CAGR of 22%. According to Forrester analyst Dave Bartoletti, the majority share of this growth will come from the big cloud providers – Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and IBM. According to the Synergy group, Amazon’s share of the market for IaaS and PaaS was 30% with 53% growth in the revenue year-on-year. Microsoft’s share was over 10% with 100% revenue growth.

PaaS will continue to drive the cloud market: VC firm North Bridge predicts that Platform-as-a-Service will see the greatest growth (33 percent CAGR) followed by Software-as-a -Service (19 percent) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (18 percent).

The public cloud services market will gain momentum: Given the time and costs involved in building private clouds, CIOs may find themselves switching to the public cloud. CIOs feel that they were spending a lot of time, energy, effort, and management bandwidth to create an infrastructure that already exists out there in a much better state and is evolving at a furious pace.

Big public cloud providers like Amazon and Microsoft are opening new data centers and making concessions but they won’t be able to service every request. Thus, smaller players will enjoy the business in 2017.

Multi-cloud options may persist: In the coming years, the use of multi-cloud strategies will become common to avoid public cloud lock-in. Enterprises will continue to look for various cloud providers and will move towards selecting a model where they can combine services from multiple partners to reach the optimal level of efficiency.

“Belief that one cloud vendor can meet all needs is simply out of touch with reality and smacks of vendor hubris,” said Julia White, Corporate VP for Azure.

Enterprise applications to run on the public cloud: CIOs have become more comfortable in hosting critical software and business apps such as SAP on the public cloud. Bartoletti believes that as CIOs rely more heavily on public cloud providers, this trend will continue. “Enterprise are turning great ideas into software and insights faster and the cloud is the best place to get quick insights out of enterprise data,” Bartoletti says.

Private data centers will continue to exist: Though many enterprises are shifting to a public cloud model, a great majority of organizations will continue to favor both, data-center-based computing and the public cloud for legal and privacy reasons.

According to North Bridge’s survey done for 1,351 cloud companies, majority companies (47%) are straddling between the public and private cloud, 30% are strongly favoring the public cloud, and 23% are favoring the private cloud.