Cloud Types: The Private Cloud

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If you’ve been looking into cloud services recently, you know there are different types of clouds. The varying types of clouds can get confusing, leaving you lost and unsure what the right fit for your needs is. For your convenience, we’re comparing and contrasting different types of cloud solutions. Click here for part one on public clouds, and read on to part two: the private cloud.

A private cloud is used by one organization. Access to this cloud is restricted to anyone outside of the organization. This cloud is run on a private network as well. Because this one cloud links to a designated group of or all employees, this creates an ideal experience for file sharing amongst coworkers. The cloud and its equipment can be housed on location in your data center or offsite, likely at your provider’s facility.

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Private clouds can be more costly than public clouds. If someone is in need of a private cloud, it’s likely because higher privacy is desired. That increased security does come at a cost. If the cloud is to be hosted onsite, then the necessary equipment and installment can be costly, but a quality service that can last years upon years is a worthwhile investment in your business.

By having a private cloud designated strictly for your business can keep your information more secure. Larger, public clouds can be tempting to hackers because if it is successfully hacked, there is the information from countless accounts. A private cloud likely has less information in general, which may make it less of a temptation. Since you are investing more financially into a private cloud, your provider may be able to better assist you in increased cybersecurity. This can add additional layers of protection to your sensitive information.

A private cloud is the optimal choice for you if your organization is required to meet strict compliance and regulatory guidelines. If you have made large investments in data centers and IT infrastructure, choosing a private cloud solution may be best to increase your IT’s functionality. Some companies work with applications that are very specific to their custom needs. If your company uses an application like this that requires speed and cannot work properly with network latency, a private cloud is your best option.

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Healthcare providers may choose private cloud solutions because of the extensive interactivity that can be involved within facilities. Having a private cloud increases cybersecurity when sharing patient information from facility to facility. Healthcare providers that require transparency and may be audited may prefer private clouds as well. With everything in one central location and organized to that organization’s preferences will ensure the utmost transparency and make files easy to access in the case of an audit.

Private clouds also provide increased infrastructure, which cannot be managed as well with public cloud solutions. On this one cloud, all devices can be connected through a private network. Then, all devices connected can be managed. If a device is running, you’ll know. If you need to know how it’s been programmed, it will tell you. If you’re wondering who has what device, you can find out. If you want to know what is being done on the device, you can access that information. Being able to access all of this information will keep accountability, allow for data to be collected and use analytics to make assessments and track improvement.

If you’re interested in cloud services, Heart Technologies can help! Give us a call at 877.494.3278 for more information.