Moving to “Private Clouds”{2}


The article that I read about was about private cloud computing and how it is something that enterprises will start to consider in a near future in order to have their data backup data information in-house instead of letting it be managed by an outside company. However, moving into private clouds has challenges such as operational and management issues which companies need to take into consideration before making the switch. The article explains how companies wanting to move to private clouds implementation needs to have a budget because it will require time for internal setup, IT training or hiring someone that has been exposed to clouding computing to perform the implementation process for the company. The main purpose of private cloud is to reduce costs and improve data access/backup efficiency. It is indeed important to have the IT management team be very sharp in server virtualization to be able to take advantage of all the things that private clouds offer.

The article also mentions four advantages of private clouds over public clouds to be consider by companies wanting to create their own private computing. The major advantages private computing offers are better security and control, self-service provisioning, not major learning curve for end users, and a more efficient scaling.  On the other hand, the side effects of implementing private over public clouds is that it has be all built internally in the company which involves time, cost, and the need to train the IT department for such project and sharpen virtualization, automation and orchestration skills.

After reading this article, I think that private clouds is a good way to go over the public clouding if the company deals with sensitive information. Even if at the beginning it will require to train and invest a little bit more than expected in setting the internal clouds, on the long run the company will benefit by having all the information in-house so that the information is not managed by outside servers. I personally like to deal with my data myself and wouldn’t upload my information to a strange company server that will have freedom to access my data at any time. We need to move along with technology advances but as technology advances we also become more vulnerable to data theft that affects us. So it is important to balance and think about the pros and cons of new data managements as they are invented.

Claybrook, B., (Dec 20, 2010.) The Bumpy Road to Private Clouds. Retrieved September 30, 2012 from http://www.pcworld.com/article/214264/bumpy_road_to_private_clouds.html?page=3