As the popularity of private cloud solutions rises, more businesses are beginning to research and explore the benefits of adopting a cloud solution for their enterprise. Concerning the deployment of the cloud service, businesses can choose on-premise vs hosted private cloud. But what are the differences between hosted and on-premise private cloud? This article will walk through the benefits of both to help you make an informed decision for your business.
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At InMotion Hosting, we offer an Infrastructure as a Service product called Flex Metal Cloud. This allows you to create, manage, and optimize large scale deployments that include clouds, bare metal, networking, and object storage. Currently, we offer Hosted Private Clouds as part of Flex Metal but an upcoming product release will include On Premise versions of our Flex Metal Cloud.
On-Premise Private Cloud
On-premise private cloud solutions allow the business to host the cloud environment internally at their location. This option gives a business full control and flexibility over their internal data center, allowing them to have complete authority over the configurations of the servers and the hardware used. If the business already has system administrators or other appropriate experts, using a prescriptive deployment is usually the first stage.
Many hardware manufacturers will release Reference Architectures that a skilled system admin and engineering team can follow. This typically requires pretty high level skills in networking, server hardware, the cloud software itself, like OpenStack, a storage software like Ceph, and monitoring. The cost of creation of a on-premise private cloud is significant.
With the decision to adopt an on-premise private cloud, a business is also taking full responsibility for cost and maintenance. This includes dealing with hardware failures and other possible disaster incidents. Businesses will also need to factor in additional costs for software licensing and staffing if system administrators aren’t already part of the team. This is one of the most important thing to evaluate between a hosted vs on-premise private cloud.
We also highly recommend that a finance driven member is also on the team to focus on “Cost per VM” and “Cost per GB Storage“. These costs are typically used to represent the overall efficiency of your system and should include all costs, cap-ex and op-ex.
Currently, here at InMotion, we are in the planning phases to offer companies a Flex Metal Cloud on premise. This will simplify much of what has to be done by a customer.
Hosted Private Cloud
Private clouds hosted by a third-party vendor, like InMotion Hosting, will allow you to deploy applications and store data on a flexible infrastructure without the business having to invest in hardware, software, servers, and sometimes staff. This is the key difference for hosted vs on-premise private cloud.
Additionally, because the third-party infrastructure is configured to serve a wide array of organizations, businesses benefit from a large scale. This includes the availability of more resources to provision and, if the hosting provider is modern, on-demand scalability options for businesses to use.
Private cloud solutions can also help businesses with any server regulatory requirements they need to follow per their industry. The third-party will manage server access and security, optionally provide support, and manage the data center.
Looking for cloud, infrastructure or bare metal solutions? A Flex Metal Cloud is a powerful private cloud solution that gives you the security and performance you need to successfully run your business. Learn more about the hosted private cloud inside of Flex Metal.