Traditional hosting models used a 1:1 ratio for server hosting, where each application was hosted on a separate physical server, and each database server was hosted on another server.
Today managers seldom consider running dedicated servers at 5-10% utilization when virtualization technologies like VMware exist; the costs are no longer justifiable. While the traditional hosting architecture worked fine for years, this model is beginning to show its age. IT departments can now deliver strategic value to the business, thus leveraging private cloud technologies to achieve a competitive advantage. The paradigm has shifted.
A single company can share applications, storage, and network resources in a secure, dedicated environment that is physically separated from other company's environments. The private cloud delivers dedicated and customized servers, storage, and networks, so each client is assured an exclusive framework that offers data integrity and network accessibility. This eliminates the concerns inherent to a public cloud environment, such as other clients’ applications running on the same server.
The private cloud allows your IT infrastructure to align itself with your business goals by dynamically allocating and balancing computing resources. The utilization of resources in the private cloud provides monitoring and management of the cloud.
This yields (1) reduced IT costs and improve flexibility with server consolidation, (2) decreased downtime and improve reliability with business continuity and disaster recovery, and (3) increased energy efficiency by running fewer physical servers. Having the compute resources available when and where you need them is a true game-changer, courtesy of the private cloud.