Cloud computing is surging in popularity and shows no signs of falling from favor. In fact, according to the Enterprise Cloud Services – Annual Report 2016: “Cloud the Bedrock of Digital Business,” published earlier this year, the global cloud services market is expected to grow by nearly 25% between 2015 and 2020. Private cloud services, in particular, are of increasing interest to many enterprises, as IT security is more important than ever. What advantages do dedicated private cloud servers offer over other types? It’s simple: Private clouds offer the utmost control, provide predictable performance, and mitigate security risks that exist in public clouds or community clouds.
Let’s dive deeper into how private cloud servers are safer:
- Hardware Independence
Because a private cloud infrastructure is, by definition, private, you can customize your virtual setup to fit your particular security and compliance requirements. Your hardware, storage, and network are all dedicated to your company. With virtualization software, you can easily spin up machines as your company needs, allowing you to scale operations quickly or divert functions to meet a specific condition without compromising on security policy. This agility allows organizations to respond to both threats and opportunities at a moment’s notice without giving rise to financial or security risk.
- Less Risk of Hyperjacking and Other Malicious Activity
Hyperjacking occurs when a hacker accesses one virtual environment and can penetrate a virtual firewall and attack another user located on the same physical hardware. Private cloud infrastructure allows organizations to address that risk by placing your data in a dedicated virtual IT environment, supported by dedicated, physical servers, hypervisor, firewalls, and other security measures.
Other malicious activities can involve distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, or any of the other common threats that the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has dubbed the dirty dozen of cloud security. Even if you are not the direct target of these attacks, if your data is hosted on a shared cloud, you are susceptible to slower performance or even halting of operations should one of your “neighbors” be attacked. When you have dedicated equipment and private cloud hosting, it is far easier to limit the risks of these types of malicious activities and take action if you suspect something is going awry.
- Increased Protection
Security concerns don’t completely vanish with a private cloud environment, but they are more easily controlled through the isolation of your physical network. Your compliance and security requirements can be planned ahead of time and monitored on an ongoing basis.
From an environmental security standpoint, choosing a managed private cloud from a reputable data center means you gain all the benefits of a secure data center facility—reliability, redundancy, and tight security—plus the added support of a compliant hosting provider (HIPAA, PCI, etc.). Choose a provider that offers disaster recovery services as an added bonus.
Gartner has projected that through 2020, 95% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault. The responsibility to avoid vulnerabilities and implement multiple layers of security controls is ultimately up to you.
OnRamp’s Private Cloud
At OnRamp, we know that customization, compliance, and security are essential to building your private cloud solution. Our data center staff has the expertise to deliver private cloud services with enterprise-class computing equipment, high-performance SAN storage, and the flexibility to add onto your existing environment at any time. Without the risk of multiple users on the cloud software, you will maximize the protection of your sensitive data.
Contact our cloud specialists to discuss your needs today.
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