How does it differ from public and private cloud environments and what are the benefits?
While they are similar to public clouds, a virtual private cloud (VPC) can be described as a private cloud environment provided within a public cloud. The resources are owned and maintained by the cloud provider; but unlike public clouds, they are reachable through a company’s intranet. Private cloud hosting solutions can be expensive and not feasible for small businesses. VPCs provide the benefits of a hybrid cloud solution all under a single cloud service. This functionality makes VPCs feel as if they are part of a company’s internal network.
Before you decide to use any cloud environment, you should understand your business needs to make sure you have the necessary functionality. VPCs are ideal for businesses that:
- Need computing and storage resources quickly or only for a short amount of time.
- Don’t want to staff and maintain its own dedicated private cloud.
- Want to have an environment that is closer to traditional IT but don’t have the resources to justify a large IT investment.
- Are looking for a versatile solution for business continuity and disaster recovery.
What makes a virtual private cloud so beneficial?
Security – Since the traffic to and from the VPC stays behind the company firewall, the transmission is much more secure than if it has to travel over the internet. This brings enterprise-strength security capabilities to even the smallest of networks. With the right routing policies, users can even specify what users can reach cloud resources and which cannot.
Better application performance – Oversubscription of shared resources can have a negative impact of functionality in some public cloud offerings. Dedicated resources of private and virtual private clouds can remove this obstacle.
Affordable costs – VPC is the optimal solution for organizations that need increased security and performance but don’t have the resources to invest in a private cloud environment of their own.
Seamless updates – A service provider will be able to apply updates with little to no downtime. Upgrading hardware and not having to store and maintain them on-site has long been one of the greatest benefits of cloud computing.
Easy integration – Many on-site systems and infrastructures can be easily integrated with a new VPC solution.
How can Adept help?
By partnering with Adept, your business receives optimized IT solutions that help accomplish everyday operations. Cloud infrastructures are the easiest, most cost-effective way for small and growing businesses to streamline their computing performance, maximize their potential, and give their team the tools they need to succeed. Call us today, and we will show you how a cloud environment can completely change the way you do business.