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Opportunities and Advantages of Private Cloud in a Multi-Cloud Environment

Author:Talabuyev Y.

The standard positioning of a multicloud involves using multiple public clouds within one IT infrastructure. Many experts see a greater future in this approach. However, there’s another trend that’s slightly changing the game: namely, private clouds complementing public clouds. This allows for the emergence of a hybrid multicloud infrastructure, which for many reasons appears very promising. 

Why private cloud?

The driving force behind the development of multi-cloud solutions has been the desire to move away from reliance on a single provider and to leverage the best offerings—both in terms of price and functionality—from various cloud providers. However, for some companies, ensuring physical security and strict control over certain data is equally important. To achieve this, they need to host some workloads locally in their own data center or in a private cloud.

The advantages of private cloud in a multi-cloud infrastructure

Here are several reasons to integrate a private cloud into a multi-cloud IT infrastructure:

  • Not all workloads can fully leverage the potential of the public cloud. In certain scenarios, the cost of hosting the same workloads in a private cloud may be higher than hosting them in a public cloud.
  • Public clouds are not 100% secure, although they come close to this benchmark. There have been incidents in the history of vulnerabilities where data was intercepted within a single processor. It’s not always possible to ensure desired data sovereignty since the client doesn’t control user authentication, password guessing attempts, or access to other security features. A private cloud is more flexible in this regard: data is hosted on a server managed by a single client, and it’s possible to implement infrastructure management without access to the public internet (via a secure L2 channel). This provides a high level of controllability, confidentiality, and compliance with regulatory requirements (such as GDPR in the EU).
  • In a private cloud, the client independently manages the available computing resources and is not dependent on other clients of the provider. In some cases, direct communication with the vendor’s support (both software and hardware) is also possible.
  • A private cloud outperforms local hosting because the service provider takes care of all tasks related to building, maintaining, and scaling the necessary infrastructure. Additionally, management and support of the private cloud can be entrusted to the provider, in which case it can be referred to as a Managed Private Cloud model.

Colobridge’s Expert:

“Our company already offers a service for designing and implementing IT infrastructures based on both private and public clouds deployed on the Colobridge platform and with the ability to connect to hyperscalers. Our physical capacities are located in two top-tier data centers in Europe in Frankfurt. This allows for easy implementation of such connectivity and, consequently, a productive, economically efficient multi-cloud infrastructure.”

Using the Potential of Private Cloud in a Multi-Cloud Environment

Private cloud can be a great alternative to on-premises hosting, as it is suitable even for those IT workloads that are difficult or impossible to migrate to the public cloud, including due to technical debt and outdated IT operations. This primarily concerns CRM, ERP, and HR systems, which may be problematic to migrate to IaaS infrastructure without significant application refactoring. And for many such systems, it is economically impractical.

Moreover, in a Private Cloud, it is possible to take into account the specifics of workloads and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements or other demands as they arise with business scaling or the implementation of new projects. And if you make the private cloud the primary repository for corporate data, you can significantly reduce operational expenses and fees for outbound data in different environments within the entire IT landscape.

If you need assistance in implementing customized infrastructure or specifically a hybrid multi-cloud, turn to the specialists at Colobridge. We will analyze workloads, develop and implement a project that meets the real needs of your business, and also migrate your data and services at a convenient time to avoid or minimize the duration of downtime for critical applications.

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