Highly regulated industries like banking and financial services have been early adopters of private cloud for quite some time. This is largely because of the security and performance advantages that a private cloud provides for sensitive, high-volume, transactional data.
For many organizations, moving many of their workloads to private cloud infrastructure makes sense for multiple reasons such as security, performance, compliance and data governance. Of course not all workloads need to move to a private cloud. Here are five important scenarios where moving to a private cloud will make a significant, positive impact to business.
Better ROI for Static Workloads
Large enterprises with voluminous storage and compute needs often find that a large percentage of their virtualized workloads are actually static in nature over a large period of time. For such static workloads requiring 10 or more VMs, running for a period of 3 years or more, private clouds may be a viable, cost effective option. Private clouds become have made significant gains in terms of cost and provisioning. Since resources are dedicated on a bare metal servers, it is easier to expand VMs or create new VMs, while keeping costs nearly the same.
Performance Needs of Complex Transactional Workloads
In industries such as online retail, manufacturing, banking and healthcare, we tend to see high volume transactional workloads. For example, typical e-commerce operations involve hundreds of thousands of orders placed every day, or banks which need to process millions of credit card transactions daily. Using a private cloud to process these transactions allows organizations to create a centralized and secure setup, which is easier to manage and govern as compared to a distributed computing environment.
Ease of Customization & Agility
Best-in-class private cloud service providers have the ability to customize the infrastructure, add/remove VMs and enhance the technology stack very quickly, to address the changing needs of the business, e.g. new regulatory norms, new geographies, new products / services, M&A, etc.
Also, leading private cloud service providers, including Netmagic, offer seamless connectivity to public clouds (our own clouds as well as third-party providers). This becomes very critical for multi-cloud, hybrid environments and highly volatile, fluctuating workloads. Our public and private clouds connect without the internet, and with all firewalls and protocols in place. It gives you the best of both worlds – the customization of private clouds as well as the rapid scalability of the public cloud.
Security & Availability of Mission Critical Applications and Data
Many mission critical applications and data, such as insurance claims processing, ERP applications, or even banking data warehouses, continue to run on legacy systems such as mainframes. With such applications, there is always a concern around security and availability in a cloud environment. However, continuing to keep these applications on legacy infrastructure means that they may not have the scalability and adaptiveness needed to meet changing market needs. A private cloud is probably an optimal approach for organizations to balance agility, security and availability for mission critical applications.
More Effective Governance & Control
Industries such as banking, insurance and healthcare have stringent mandates around data confidentiality. Organizations in these industries have to put in strong protocols around data access and usage. At the same time, with increasing amounts of customer generated data through consumer devices, as well as the onset of new industry drivers such as IoT, data governance now extends to huge volumes of data generated every day, both within and outside the firewall. Private clouds, as part of a broader multi-cloud, hydrid IT strategy, can enable organizations to bring in strong data governance mechanisms while addressing the challenge of scale and variability.