Cloud and Server/ Desktop Virtualization are considered great value drivers. These new techniques are great for IT managers that want to keep a lock on their IT costs but want to unleash power, capacity and flexibility.
So, can we consider Cloud as the solution that fixes everything? As always, things are not that simple. We all know that public cloud is the most cost-effective cloud solution, but what about your mission-critical data that needs more security? You might not want to store that in some leaky public cloud. There are plenty of examples where data that was deemed safe turned out not so safe in the end.
To really be sure you might want to consider virtual private cloud.
VIRTUAL PRIVATE CLOUD
Virtual private cloud is a private network within public cloud infrastructure. It lets you provision a private, isolated section of cloud infrastructure where you can launch compute and storage resources on-demand in a virtual network that you define and control. Using a public cloud environment gives businesses the flexibility and benefits of a cloud, such as scalability and reduced IT costs. Adding a private network within the public cloud environment adds enhanced security features to the public cloud for sensitive company data.
Public cloud allows users to maximize utilization of their server by sharing resources within the public environment. The use of Virtual Private Clouds can be the next phase as companies look for a way to host critical data in public cloud environments.
BENEFITS OF VIRTUAL PRIVATE CLOUD
There are many benefits to using virtual private cloud as your IT solution. It is a cost-effective solution that allows businesses the security they need without the expensive infrastructure.
Key benefits virtual private cloud gives users:
1. Scalability –
Allows you to add resources on-demand to accommodate additional users and allows you to scale up and down as workloads change and develop.
2. Automation –
Removal of manual processes to dynamically provision virtual machines.
3. Security –
Traffic to and from your cloud infrastructure stays within the corporate firewall without crossing the Internet. Cloud administrators are able to set policies to specify which users are allowed to access cloud resources.
4. Performance –
Enhanced performance is a direct result of the scalability and automation components because resources are available on-demand and the infrastructure necessary to support these resources is always available.
5. Control –
Virtual Private Cloud allows you complete control over the data stored in a public cloud as well as incoming and outgoing traffic. Monitoring programs facilitate an overview of your environment at all times.
Only designated users are able to access the cloud environment, giving you peace of mind that you have control over the traffic moving within their cloud. Due to a reduced number of named and dedicate users performance increases. In-and-out traffic in the cloud is reduced, which stabilizes the predictability of bandwidth and provides a better performing cloud environment.
HOW TO USE VIRTUAL PRIVATE CLOUD
While you may utilize the benefits from virtual private cloud internally, you may also choose to offer this to your customers as another source of revenue. Providing virtual private cloud services to existing customers is an easy way to give your customers accessibility to a cloud environment while using resources already at your disposal. Virtual private cloud also gives your customers increased levels of scalability and the ability to customize their solution.
There are three ways to provide virtual private cloud to your customers: white label cloud, using virtual private cloud for internal business purposes or purchasing cloud infrastructure.
1. White label cloud provides a branded public cloud solution through a wholesale model that you can offer to your customers without purchasing infrastructure.
2. Using virtual private cloud for internal business purposes allows you to purchase a cloud environment from a provider and reduces cost by helping you consolidate infrastructure. Further, it increases security in your cloud and provides scalability for your business.
3. Purchase cloud infrastructure, from which your customers can directly purchase virtual private cloud environments. This option also gives you the flexibility to run your internal cloud applications and servers on the same infrastructure.
Virtual private cloud provides potential for companies as a viable IT solution. For companies looking to migrate toward the cloud in a safe and secure way, this is a flexible offering that can be used in any workplace. Using virtual private cloud helps you streamline your business processes in a secure environment. Additionally, offering it to your customers creates a new revenue stream for your business and offers another, more secure solution.