It seems everyone is considering a move to the cloud, but two things are holding a lot of people back:
1) Security, and
2) Loss of control.
Private cloud environments can deliver the scalability, flexibility, and availability you get with a general public cloud product (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Dropbox, etc.), but directly addresses those two important hurdles—while also offering other advantages.
What is a Private Cloud?
A private cloud uses the same technology as a public cloud platform: virtualization via hypervisors (like VMWare, Hyper-V, Xen, or KVM), and distributed or centralized common storage systems. These core technologies give cloud services their primary benefits of scalability, flexibility, and availability; they can be used in a dedicated environment, for the use of a single company, division, or person. This environment is not shared with other users, giving one party complete control and insight into the entire solution. A private cloud environment can be housed in your own office or data center, but there are also service providers that can design, engineer, implement, manage, and host these solutions for you.
What are the Advantages of a Private Cloud?
The number one concern of people moving to the cloud is security, which is one of the primary reasons to utilize a private cloud. With a private cloud, you know exactly where your data is, and where it is flowing, at all times. You’re not dealing with a “black box” of hardware, but with a dedicated, known solution. A private cloud solution can also utilize all of the security tools you’re familiar with; firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), web applications firewalls (WAF), virtual private networks (VPN), and others. You don’t need to re-invent your security practices to move to a private cloud as you would with the public cloud.
Beyond security, private clouds offer numerous other advantages, because you still have control. When building a private cloud, you can adjust every component, setup your own requirements, and build a solution that fits your specifics needs. Whatever your performance (computing, IO, throughput, etc.), availability, and compliance needs, there is a private cloud option.
Essentially, anything is possible: you can tie into existing systems, utilize wide arrays of hardware and software (including the same software you’re already using), and more. You aren’t limited to what a specific public cloud provider can offer.
However, there is so much flexibility that it can often become its own problem, unless you find the right partner to walk you through.
What are the Negatives of a Private Cloud?
Since all resources are dedicated to you, there are some limits to the scalability of the system. In comparison, Amazon has tens of thousands of servers available on their public cloud that are usable in an instant; the private cloud doesn’t deliver instantaneously. But, the truth is, most companies don’t need that level of scalability. If you know what your resource needs are, and simply need to scale at a reasonable pace, then a private cloud can still be a fit for you.
In addition, a private cloud has a higher entry cost. While you can get a single public cloud VM or cloud storage solution for just a couple dollars a month, you should plan to spend at least several hundred dollars a month for a hosted cloud solution, or several thousand dollars for an in-house solution. If you’re already spending (or looking to spend) that much on a public cloud solution, you should consider private cloud instead.
How do I get a Private Cloud?
To get you started, Steadfast would be extremely happy to give you some free consulting time and talk through your options. Whether you want an in-house or hosted private cloud, we’re happy to help you figure out what works best for you.
Karl Zimmerman takes on roles of Chairman and CEO; Joe Bong promoted to COO and EVP of Sales
[PRESS RELEASE] Steadfast, a leading provider of managed cloud hosting, dedicated servers, colocation, hybrid hosting, and disaster recovery, announced Karl Zimmerman, will transition to the roles of Chairman and CEO. Joe Bong, former Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Vice President of Sales.
Zimmerman’s new roles will allow him to focus on the overall direction and future of the company and its products, building long term relationships, and creating benefits for customers and employees. Bong will take lead on the day-to-day management.
“Promoting Joe Bong to COO of Steadfast will allow him to utilize his over 25 years of experience in industry,” Zimmerman said. “The company has grown as a result of his focus as the CRO, and this move will allow him to bring that drive and energy to everyday operations; he’ll unify our mission across all departments including sales, implementation and support.”
Additionally, Steadfast has hired Jamie Madison as marketing manager. Madison comes to Steadfast with marketing, communications and events experience from startup organizations, large nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies; she is an alumnus of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
“We have a great product, and Jamie will use her skills in social media, marketing and events to connect with our clients, and further spread the word about Steadfast,” said Bong. “We’re taking our message to the next level, and will hit the market with both specials and important industry information, including thought leadership from our subject matter experts.”
Steadfast has also hired data center technicians Ricardo Camilo, Yamil Moyeno and Mohammad Hasan for the new data center in Edison, NJ; they have been preparing the data center to be fully up and running in late May. The new facility will serve the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania regions.
Steadfast is expanding! Come celebrate with us at our new office space - delicious appetizers and drinks will be served, and tours of our data center across the street will be held throughout the event.
What: Steadfast Open House
When: April 24th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: 800 S. Wells, Suite 190, Chicago IL 60607
We are proud to co-sponsor this event with our new partner, Veeam. "Becoming a Veeam Cloud Provider partner has allowed Steadfast to design, build and offer next-level backup and replication solutions for our private cloud, dedicated and colocation customers running Hyper-V and ESXi," said Karl Zimmerman, president of Steadfast. Check out our press release here.
Steadfast is also attending the Small Business Expo at Navy Pier on April 24th. Registration is free, and the show floor is open from 10 am - 5 pm. Visit us at Booth 823!