Are You Ready for the Private Cloud?
As cloud computing enables enterprises to more cost-efficiently manage their IT environments, it is not surprising that Gartner has reported “Cloud computing (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS)” as one of the three highest technology priorities for CIOs in 2012. With the consumerization of IT, cloud services enable users to access their data from anywhere at any time to improve business productivity, and with the continuously changing IT and business needs of organizations, the cloud provides the flexibility and scalability required to support business growth and fluctuations in product demand.
However, the Internet boom and this consumerization together have introduced a multitude of new security threats to businesses, and the rise of social media has created even more channels for these threats to spread and grow throughout an employer’s network. Consequently, data security and privacy, particularly for businesses with mission-critical data such as those in the financial services sector, has become a high priority and concern for many businesses.
This has led to the evolution of the private cloud, where businesses can use their own infrastructure in an isolated cloud environment, while also leveraging the high-quality hosting, security, network, and managed services of their service providers. Unfortunately, with the influx of businesses entering this space and with the technology constantly advancing and evolving, a lot of terminology surrounding cloud computing has become confused, and many businesses are still unaware of exactly what the cloud can offer them and whether or not they should be adopting this new technology.
For businesses looking to adopt the private cloud, we’ve developed a whitepaper that aims to explain its potential benefits, and how to make the right decisions when choosing to make the shift and when selecting a service provider.
You can view this whitepaper on SlideShare here or download it by clicking on the button below.