Organizations both large and small face similar IT challenges including managing the increasing demand for new IT capabilities with fewer resources. Sometimes of greater emphasis to small and medium size businesses (SMBs) is the need to secure business critical applications and data along with working more efficiently or doing more with less. Transitioning to a private cloud addresses these challenges and provides SMBs the virtual infrastructure to not only better manage resources and enhance security but also provide business agility and continuity.
Many SMBs are transitioning to the private cloud for these reasons:
- Better Resource Management
A private cloud infrastructure delivers a centralized management platform in which IT can provision, monitor and manage resources for the entire infrastructure and respond to issues when they arise. Automated virtualization features such as VMware DRS dynamically allocate compute resources based on business priorities and pre-defined service levels eliminating the previous manual process while ensuring business users have the performance they need. With better resource management, IT resources can provide better service levels and be available for strategic projects.
- Enhanced Security
Security is of utmost importance to SMBs and also one of the main objections to public cloud computing. Private cloud infrastructures provide many of the same cloud computing benefits and keep your critical data behind the firewall within your data center. When layering on applications such as desktop virtualization, data security is maintained. Virtual desktops are created, updated and maintained in the data center. IT sets policies that are updated and applied each time the virtual desktop is launched. Virtual machines can also be wiped out after each user session to ensure data integrity is protected.
- Business Agility
One of the drivers of private cloud computing is the ability to quickly adjust resources or scale to meet the needs of the organization. A private cloud built on virtualization, unified computing and unified storage allows IT to rapidly provision resources and deliver new applications for faster time to market. Shared resources, built-in automation and centralized management provide private cloud computing and enable the agility organizations require to remain competitive.
- Business Continuity
The fact is that when the business infrastructure and applications are down, the organization's production is delayed and the company loses money. Quickly recovering from an equipment failure or a natural disaster is critical to all organizations. With automated VMware features such as High Availability for automated restart of applications and Fault Tolerance for continuous availability without any data loss or downtime to applications, data can be quickly recovered and day-to-day business can continue.
Whether you are a SMB organization or a large enterprise, your organization can benefit from Private Cloud computing and realize increased productivity, enhanced security and overall improved business agility and continuity.