Why Companies Choose a Private Cloud
Cloud computing offers a new model that cuts through IT complexity by leveraging the efficient pooling of on-demand, self-managed virtual infrastructure, consumed as a service.
Virtualization VS Private Cloud
Virtualization and private cloud strategies are easy to confuse. The benefits of virtualization include lower costs, higher efficiency, flexible deployment, etc., but a private cloud offers capacity on demand (scalability). Virtualization provides resources without specifying how they are made available to users. Virtualization is a mechanism that facilitates implementations of some, but not all, of the private cloud requirements. Virtualization can be a part of a private cloud solution but it lacks the flexibility and scalability that a complete cloud solution has. A private cloud on the other hand encompasses much more than just virtualizing resources.
Virtualization alone, despite the agility and scalability it can bring to the table, is limited. With virtualization, capacity can be hard to manage. Without a data center-wide management of resources, it cannot provide elasticity, leading resources to become unbalanced. It also makes charge back difficult, sometimes requires dangerously over-permissive network security, and poses quite a few other challenges.
IT can fulfill business needs and exceed user expectations. With a private cloud, IT can leverage business opportunities generated by fluctuating market dynamics and offer a user experience with anytime, anywhere, on any device productivity. Since resources are allocated ‘on demand’, IT groups can fulfill business needs and exceed user expectations as they ebb and flow. Cloud enables IT to spend less time supporting and managing routine, mundane tasks in order to focus on managing applications that provide value to the businesses and clients.
Today, business can easily and cost-effectively deploy and manage their own private networks with massive bandwidth, by using XKL’s Dark Star optical system products, to provide an alternative to the traditional solution of using expensive carrier services. The benefits of this approach include higher reliability, reduced cost and power and more control over IT resources.
Private clouds help companies get the benefits of the more elastic and flexible cloud computing model while reducing some typical CIO concerns about the cloud, such as lack of control over data, security concerns, and adherence to regulatory and compliance needs. Since the private cloud is within the company firewall, internal IT owns and controls it.
In addition, private clouds typically require less physical equipment resulting in reduced power consumption, and cooling requirements. These benefits result in both cost savings and reduced negative impact on the environment, as well as a savings in maintenance costs.
Backups can be centralized and taken from the centralized storage instead of the individual servers. If the solution includes storage replication, application availability is improved because recovery time from an outage is reduced.
Private clouds solutions reduce the chance for inefficiencies and wasted resources that companies currently face. No longer are they forced to live with the same resource configuration for several years – the cloud offers flexibility, monitoring, and control. Traditional technology silos are realigned into virtual pools shared by any application and flexible enough to change as business needs evolve.
Reliability and ease of use are the hallmarks of the DarkStar product line. These systems make use of industry-standard or commodity components rather than proprietary or custom components. This ensures wide availability of parts and allows XKL to produce high-quality, reliable and cost effective DarkStar products.
Instead of spending upwards of 70 percent of IT budgets on operations and maintenance, and spending 30 percent or less on innovation that is critical to growing a business, IT can focus on providing support to the users and applications that contribute to a company’s bottom line. Companies with privacy or regulatory requirements can employ security and disaster preparedness measures in order to maintain the integrity of their systems and data.