Common Use Cases for Private Cloud
Private Cloud vs.
Public Cloud - What's the Difference?
ReliaCloud - Public Cloud Simplicity with Private Cloud Security
Is Hyperconverged Infrastructure the Same as Cloud?
Hosted Private Cloud vs. On-Premise Private Cloud
PRIVATE CLOUD VS. PUBLIC CLOUD
What's the Difference?
When it comes to the cloud, no cloud fits all use cases. So when choosing a cloud platform, it’s key to understand your options.
In a public cloud, the cloud resources, like servers, storage and other supporting infrastructure, are owned and operated by the cloud service provider and delivered to the customer via the Internet. Since the infrastructure components are shared with other organizations, it is referred to as a multi-tenant model.
Cost effective: Since there’s no need to purchase the underlying hardware, there’s no upfront cost.
There are solid benefits for public cloud usage:
A private cloud is used by one organization and can be hosted in a data center or on premise. The big difference from public cloud is that the hardware and software are solely dedicated to one organization (single tenant). This makes private clouds very attractive to verticals with strict compliance mandates, like government and financial.
No maintenance: Since the cloud provider owns and maintains the infrastructure, there’s no maintenance required.
Scalability: The on-demand nature of public cloud means that it scales with you as your business needs grow or shrink.
Reliability: The large infrastructure offers redundancy and dependability.
The benefits of private cloud are:
Flexibility: A private cloud environment can be customized to meet very specific needs.
Security: Since no resources are shared, high levels of security and control can be realized.
Scalability: A private cloud can also be scalable and efficient, much like public cloud.
Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud
Is HCI the Same as Cloud?
A recent study found that 96% of surveyed organizations said they were using at least one public or private cloud, and 76% of that group have at least one private cloud. (Source: Flexera 2023 State of the Cloud Report) It’s a multi-cloud world where private cloud still has a prominent place in the mix. But when deciding between public or private, there are a few common scenarios where organizations choose private cloud over public.
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COMMON USE CASES
The use of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has grown dramatically, and many organizations view it as a good fit for their critical workloads, outside of public cloud and in the security of their own or colocated data center. HCI combines storage, networking, and computing resources to provide a consolidated and integrated IT infrastructure, resulting in a simplified and efficient infrastructure.
Private cloud can be a perfect fit if there are business-critical workloads that are resource intensive, latency sensitive or dependent on legacy platforms.
Since private cloud is by nature single tenant, complete control over the entire backup process can be an advantage, especially for highly sensitive data. Furthermore, a private cloud can be completely customized to fit an organization’s specific needs.
Private cloud can be a less expensive option. For some applications, the cost to re-architect and recode the application to move it to public cloud can be more costly than maintaining a private cloud. There can be cost-savings opportunities in regard to ownership as well, being able to negotiate with software. hardware and data center providers, as well as reusing existing hardware and licenses.
Workloads with stringent security, data protection, control and compliance requirements are a perfect fit to run as a single-tenant solution on-premise or in a dedicated hosted or colocated data center.
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the Same as Cloud?
Hyperconverged and private cloud are often used interchangeably, but are they really the same?
HCI effectively eliminates storage as a tier of infrastructure in the data center, and rather than existing as a separate resource, storage and compute resources are added to server hosts and managed by software. They are simply additional resources to be consumed by the business as needed. Like almost any modern workload, HCI leverages virtualization technology, and the hypervisor is an integral part of each node in a HCI cluster. So at its most basic level, HCI consolidates servers, storage, the hypervisor and some network functions into a software-centric solution deployed on commodity hardware -- but it’s not necessarily cloud.
While HCI is very “cloud like,” because it offers fast, on-demand scalability, interoperability and elasticity, it’s really more of an on-ramp to the cloud. And as such, making the move to HCI is a first step for many organizations on the road to digital transformation.
But when building or adopting a complete private cloud solution, there are other pieces to consider (e.g., security, backup and DR, automation, self-service and intelligent operations).
Another critical distinction between HCI and cloud is that HCI solutions focus on easing deployment and management of on-premises storage and compute resources, leading to simplified IT operations.
And while ease of management may lead to a more agile IT infrastructure, HCI does not transform the end user experience like cloud can. While end users may experience decreased wait times and improved uptime as a result of HCI, HCI does not change the consumption experience for internal IT or external cloud services.
ON-PREMISE PRIVATE CLOUD
In today's business landscape, critical data and applications run on multiple platforms, making it essential to optimize performance across your cloud environment. This requires ensuring availability, interoperability, security, and compliance. To achieve this effectively, partnering with an experienced cloud service provider (CSP) can be a critical part of your cloud strategy.
Greater Business Agility
Much of today’s business success comes from being able to move and adapt quickly. Identifying which new cloud services your organization needs next to meet goals, or, conversely, which services can be retired, is one of the most important capabilities of a cloud provider. This is delivered through built-in tools, automation and best practices that control costs and enable vast transparency across all your systems.
Security and Compliance
Multi-cloud architecture creates gaps and vulnerabilities that can increase liability. An experienced cloud provider can help you determine the best security tools to monitor and protect your data along with any new or changing encryption needs. They can advise on using a SOC, how alerts should be managed and who they should go to. And when you need to move additional workloads to the cloud, they can help you lock down user authentication and access.
The number of customers a multi-cloud provider has successfully migrated to the cloud is important, and so is a deep expertise with customers in your business vertical. Both give the provider the underlying experience to better survey, understand and offer solutions for your organization’s specific cloud environment. Their expertise can help guide with thought leadership, demonstrated knowledge of the user experience of internal IT teams and stakeholders, as well as a broad understanding of applications and their dependencies.
What benefits can a CSP bring to the table?
vs. Hosted Private Cloud
There are solid use cases for on-prem cloud. But if you want the assurance that your workloads in the cloud are running optimally, remain secure from attack and are backed by front-line expertise, consider partnering with a CSP that has your back.
Today’s organizations require an enterprise cloud solution that can scale with the business and enable IT to provision new services quickly and cost effectively, all while maintaining security and high performance. Meeting these challenges is where OneNeck’s purpose-built ReliaCloud shines.
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Public Cloud Simplicity
ReliaCloud - Easy to Consume. Highly Secure.
ReliaCloud - A Highly-Architected Private Cloud Solution
ReliaCloud is an enterprise-class IT infrastructure designed for the most demanding workloads that require a secure and compliant operational framework. Built on the industry’s most advanced hyperconverged infrastructure technology, Nutanix, ReliaCloud is a high-performance cloud computing platform delivered in a dedicated, single tenant, managed cluster solution from multiple OneNeck data centers.
With ReliaCloud, you get a managed cluster solution in an easy-to-consume package that includes these cloud services:
Dedicated private cloud cluster leveraging Nutanix AOS hyper-converged software.
Hosted within a OneNeck data center.
Your choice of Hypervisor Nutanix AHV or VMware ESXi (additional cost).
OneNeck managed cluster and hypervisor.
Rich user interface and management console for cluster workloads.
Multiple node performance profiles.
Clusters start at 3 nodes and grow incrementally by the node.
Data encryption at rest for all environments.
Rich software feature suite, including asynchronous replication for DR strategies.
100% SLA for cluster availability.
Our customers often operate in hybrid environments with public and private clouds, along with the traditional, on-premise data center, which is why we offer services specifically to help you bridge the gap between legacy IT infrastructure and modern cloud infrastructure.
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KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
Our goal is to help you stabilize and protect what’s working for you in your core infrastructure, while helping you navigate your path to IT modernization by taking advantage of new and innovative technologies in the cloud. We believe the hybrid model provides the needed level of security, elasticity, and application-aligned infrastructure better than a ‘one-size-fits-all’ ecosystem.
So, no matter where you are on your multi-cloud journey, OneNeck is here to help.