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Setting up a private cloud for SMB data storage

March 13, 2018    |    Company News    |    Lauren Elkins

The amount of data generated by businesses today is massive. Thankfully, storage technology continues to become cheaper, and more and more space is more and more affordable. If you haven’t moved your business data to the cloud yet, perhaps you’ve been waiting for a solution that’s more tailored to your exact needs and gives you the full reins for control. If that’s the case, building your own private cloud may be just what you’re looking for — but you do have to know how to use cloud storage.

In his recent FORBES POST, our CEO, Francis Dinha, suggested moving to a private cloud to increase security. “Consider migrating to a private cloud to store data,” he explained. “Now is the time, if you haven’t already made the update. Many of us are already using cloud services, such as Dropbox and Google, for file sharing to improve processes… I recommend that you lease or own a private cloud with a dedicated IP space to store your data.”

What Is Private Data Storage?

According to Techopedia, private cloud storage is a type of storage mechanism that stores an organization's data at in-house storage servers by implementing cloud computing and storage technology. One of the easiest ways to understand a private cloud is to start with what it’s not: it’s not a location where customers lease space shared on the same machines. Thus, by contrast, it makes sense that a private cloud gives your business the exclusive use of the servers in a segregated environment. A private cloud means more security and greater privacy due to this setup.

Do Companies Really Adopt Private Clouds?

According to the RIGHTSCALE 2016 STATE OF THE CLOUD REPORT, the private cloud adoption rates went from 63% in 2015 to 77% in 2016. That increase represents the value that businesses are finding in implementing private cloud spaces. Many of these businesses have hybrid solutions that are a mixture of private and public cloud as well as onsite storage. The flexibility allows every company to find the exact storage system they need.

What's the Hardest Part About Adopting a Private Cloud Solution?

Well, it’s not security! RightScale found that the number one challenge, which came in at 32% compared to security at 29%, was lack of resources and expertise. It’s no surprise. With the pace of technology, it’s hard for organizations of all sizes to keep up with digital disruption. It’s often best to partner with industry experts.

How Secure is Private Cloud Vs. Public Cloud?

Public clouds are great options — however, you don’t have control over the security of a public cloud, which leads a lot of businesses to choose private clouds to have full control. As long as you control the access appropriately, private clouds are extremely secure options for private data storage. No other organization has access, and you can set up thorough procedures for managing permissions and rights. Also, if you host your servers on site, take into consideration the importance of physical security measures, such as alarms and cameras. If you lease off-site servers, you’re likely working with a reliable data center, and their stringent security measures are already in place.

What if I Have to Meet Compliance Regulations?

You couldn’t ask for a better way to do this than through a private cloud. This gives you the flexibility to set it up exactly as needed for such stringent requirements as demanded by HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and others. You may need to add an additional step, though, to obtain compliance certification for your setup. This depends on your industry and the regulations you’re held accountable to.

How Reliable is Private Cloud Vs. Public Cloud?

Public cloud solutions are hosted remotely, which means they have more chances of failing than a private cloud. For example, with a public cloud, you risk internet or power outages in two different locations (yours or the server's) which could cause a lot of costly delays for your business. A private cloud only loses internet access if your business does, which essentially halves your chances of having to deal with this issue. If your network administrators set your cloud server up with backup power and other safety measures, you can expect a high level of network reliability.

Can I Set-Up a Private Cloud Using a VPN?

You bet. In fact, to provide the best security and privacy for your private cloud, you should go through a VPN. One example includes this one, where they set up a private cloud space using OPENVPN AND AMAZON WEB SERVICES. There is also helpful documentation and information on our OPENVPN ACCESS SERVER site to help you install a VPN on the cloud.

Private clouds have many advantages for businesses of all sizes — and more and more companies are turning to the private cloud to get more security, privacy, and flexibility. With safety and control so essential to successfully operating your business, setting up and knowing how to use a private cloud could be the ideal solution!

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