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Create Your Own...Cloud?

11.28.2013
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Cloud computing has really taken off in recent times, as many businesses enjoy the benefits to be gained from using cloud services for lots of operational functions. But what is the cloud, and how can businesses gain further advantages from creating their own private cloud network or storage facility?

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the use of hardware, networks, storage, services and interfaces that are delivered over the internet, either as a complete platform or as separate components. Both personal users and businesses can make use of cloud computing, for example, by storing files in the cloud, making notes, creating shared documents or even just checking emails.

For most people, they use cloud computing services developed by third party hosts. Whilst there are many advantages to this, more and more organisations are developing their own cloud services in-house, in an effort to reap an even wider array of benefits. So why create your own cloud?

Reduction in costs

Whilst there is an initial cost to setting up your own cloud, once you've paid this, you don't need to worry about having to spend more money on it. You also get unlimited space on your own cloud, so having to buy extra storage won't be an issue - unlike if you were reliant on using a third party host.

Control

One of the biggest advantages in creating your own cloud is that you bring the control of it in-house, unlike if you used a third party host. By being in control, you can decide who uses it, how big you want it, how you manage it and the level of security.

Security

Because you are in control of your cloud security, it means that you can have the confidence and trust that might not necessarily be there if you employed the services of a third party. As well as control, it's also within your own power to ensure you can become industry compliant.

Flexibility

If you create your own in-house cloud system, then you increase the level of flexibility, because you can tailor it to your own requirements. This isn't necessarily the case if you employ a third party service, as they may have more limitations in place.

Manage users

If you develop your own cloud system, you can decide how many users you want access to it, without any of the limitations imposed by third parties. As well as deciding how many users you want, you can manage users by setting passwords or limiting access.

Managing back-ups

If you rely on third party cloud services, then you'll have to assume that they are completing data back-ups. But when you have your own in-house cloud, then you can be fully responsible for being sure that daily back-ups are occurring. Having this control can mean data recovery is less of an issue if something goes wrong.

Integrated services

Building your own cloud means that you can integrate existing services, to give a fully functioning and efficient IT integration system.

This post was provided by Crispin Jones on behalf of CWCS. Experts in all things related to managed hosting and servers. CWCS recently published a guide on whether cloud hosting is right for your small business.

Published at DZone with permission of Paul Andrews, author and DZone MVB.

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