5 best private cloud solutions

Saturday, November 21, 2020

The world is constantly evolving, particularly so within the technology industry. If we look at the cloud hosting sector, recent years have seen a monumental shift with uptake of the technology and the applications of cloud solutions.

This article will look into private cloud solutions, what it is, and 5 of the best companies around at the moment. If you are looking for a private cloud provider, finding the right one for your needs can be a difficult task if you don’t know where to look.

People often assume that private cloud choices are as simple as the public cloud, which has a handful of well known businesses that take up the majority of the market. However, the competition for the private cloud market is a lot broader. While this is good for consumers to have a choice, sometimes wading through the options to find the right one can prove difficult.

Towards the start of cloud technologies breaking properly onto the scene, the private cloud was seen a lot more favourably than the public cloud. Businesses had a reluctance to migrate into the public cloud for a variety of reasons, but the private cloud received less resistance. While the public cloud has grown hugely in popularity since these initial times, there will very likely always be a place for private cloud solutions for the foreseeable future.

What is the private cloud?

You might have heard the private cloud called a couple other names, these include the internal cloud and public cloud. The private cloud provides a similar service to the public cloud, but it is only available to certain people rather than the general public.

Private cloud has a greater level of privacy and security compared to its public relative. Internal hosting and organisational firewalls keep unwanted third parties away from sensitive data and internal information. A private cloud does not share resources with any other cloud user and a company has complete access to their own resources. 

Some of the drawbacks of using the private cloud is the cost and level of management required, which is on a par with using traditional data center services. There are two main models that private cloud services can be delivered in. These are infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). 

The 5 best private cloud solutions

Below we have listed 5 of the best private cloud solutions on the market. It’s important to do your research thoroughly before signing up to a contract, so make sure you understand exactly what each provider offers.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

HPE is one of the businesses at the forefront of the private cloud market. It’s suggested one of the reasons for this is the adaptability of its service around the needs of the user. This is done through a combination of infrastructure tools and private cloud services.

VMware

VMware is a business that has played a huge role in the development of data center services and virtualisation. Some people would place VMware as one of the first companies to offer a private cloud package, particularly when you consider that at that time, many companies said they offered private cloud but it was actually closer to a virtualized data center.

Dell

Dell is a household name in the computing world and it has long held a strong position within the private cloud sector. By using Dell, a business can have a turnkey package with a variety of tools and services included. The Dell service can be summarised as offering virtual private cloud services, cloud management, cloud security software, as well as consulting services.

Oracle

Recently, Oracle has been devoting a lot of time and resources towards its cloud offering. This has paid off in a big way with them growing their stake in the market significantly. Oracle’s services within the private cloud includes platform, applications, infrastructure, lifecycle management and integration.

IBM

In 2019 IBM bought Red Hat, which improved IBM’s private cloud offering hugely. Alongside the elements that Red Hat brings to the picture, IBM’s provides hardware, management, security tools, and software.

Finding the right private cloud provider can be very difficult when balancing the complex needs of an organisation. But with careful thought and an understanding of exact current requirements and predicted future requirements, it becomes easier to balance them against the offerings businesses in the market provide.