With the current focus on privacy and security in a Cloud environment, one of the largest issues facing enterprise Cloud solutions is actually finding a Cloud service that provides a true private environment. Most Cloud solutions deal with a virtually private hosting solution that store your data in a virtual server along with a set number of other virtually hosted companies, all hosted on the same physical hardware.
To compound the problem of privacy within the virtual Cloud environment is the lack of certain hosting controls within the virtual server and without control over the virtual server your data is stored upon, is it ever really private?
So How Do You Build A Private Cloud?
There are four recommended steps to creating a (mostly) private Cloud solution for a business. I keep saying (mostly) due to the realization that as long as a company hosts its data on a shared server, the data is never truly or completely private. However, the following four steps provide the basis of control and virtual security that will make for a (mostly) private Cloud solution.
- There must be a converged infrastructure Servers need to be virtual and there needs to be defined networking. Data and process using the virtual servers may be hosted across multiple data centers, so there must be a defined recovery strategy for catastrophic failure, replication, and distribution
- System management and distribution across the converged infrastructure must be fully automated In order to implement a private cloud infrastructure, the daily menial task must be automated. The purpose of using a virtual hosting solution is to reduce costs and focus manpower and that is best performed through fully automating basic server functions and repetitive tasks.
- Self-service options for interaction with the virtual hosting must be made available to all company users In keeping with the limited man-hours and automation of the virtual hosting solution, all employees, not just IT staff, should be able to access and use the dashboard which access hosted applications and processes.
- There must be resource allocation reporting across the Cloud solution If the company using the virtual hosting solution is unable to record and review all access and cycles used by its employees, then the company will not be able to fine-tune the efficiency of the virtual solutions.