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Why the Private Cloud Offers Higher Security Customization Options

February 16, 2016
By Peter Scott
TMCnet Contributor

There’s a reason why the public cloud businesses of Amazon, Microsoft (News - Alert) and others are thriving: For many businesses, running applications on the public cloud is cheaper and simpler, and security is not an overly strong concern.

However, for firms that must meet regulatory requirements, have intellectual property that must be protected at any cost, or that handle highly sensitive customer data, private clouds often make more sense. Private cloud deployments offer additional security customization that is hard for public clouds to match.

The security advantages of the private cloud extend along three lines: control, privacy and custom data replication.

First, private cloud deployments benefit from the control that comes with developing the solution specifically for the business. Organizations can customize their private cloud any way they want, adding additional security and components that better fit with the regulatory or security needs of their firm. With the public cloud, businesses are limited to the design and security practices of the public cloud provider.

Second, with a private cloud deployment there is enhanced security from being able to access corporate logs and perform additional tests of security like penetration testing or testing of the cloud performance. In a public cloud environment this is not possible because if you access the logs, you’ll have access to logs from other tenants (companies using the cloud) and penetration testing can affect the performance of the cloud where you have other companies as well.

Third, there are more data replication options with a private cloud deployment. Data availability failures are one of the reasons that keep businesses from adopting the cloud, but the private cloud can reduce this concern because organizations can enable continuous cross-site replication of data to ease disaster recovery.

For instance, Intermedia’s (News - Alert) Private Cloud lets organizations customize data replication to choose the number of sites where replication takes place and across different geographies, and to allow for continuous replication. This can better meet disaster recovery plans established by an organization.

Not all businesses require this added security, of course, and security is generally sufficient at well-run public cloud offerings. But for firms that need extra level of security customization, the private cloud offers security on par or exceeding on-premises solutions.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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