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Private Clouds and Cloud Resellers

Private Clouds and Cloud Resellers

By | May 7, 2013

This is the final blog post dedicated to the ‘Big 5′ Initiatives that Awesome Cloud is rolling out in 2013. This blog post focuses on enabling Channel Partners to offer private cloud deployments as part of their managed services business.

Many of our Channel Partners have expressed an interest in delivering dedicated (private) cloud environments to their clients in 2013. We can make that happen. Whether you want to deliver a single server with a self-service cloud environment, or an entire dedicated cluster – we can help to make those offerings a reality with Awesome Cloud’s Microsoft-driven cloud infrastructure.

Before you start talking up private clouds at your next weekly meeting, let’s review what it is that differentiates private clouds from public clouds and explore the types of organizations that are a good fit for a private cloud.


What is a Private Cloud?

A private cloud is a cloud computing deployment model whereby a single organization is the sole occupant of a physical computing environment. In a private cloud, the user has exclusive access and control of all available computing resources, as well as responsibility for day-to-day administration.

A public cloud is a deployment model in which multiple organizations share physical computing resources through virtualization. A public cloud is considered to be a managed service because users are not responsible for day-to-day administration.

Office buildings are an excellent analogy for comparing public and private clouds. An office building owned and operated by a single organization is like a private cloud, whereas an office building occupied by multiple organizations is like a public cloud. In shared office spaces (public clouds), building management (Awesome Cloud) is responsible for building administration. The responsibility of day-to-day administration is shifted to the organization when a private cloud is deployed.

While most organizations deploy public clouds, there are organizations that require dedicated private clouds. We are proud to offer private clouds as part of our 2013 upgrades and enhancements to the Awesome Cloud platform.


Are My Clients a Good Fit for a Private Cloud?

Determining which cloud deployment model is the ideal fit for each of your clients requires an understanding of each client’s goals, operations, culture, and budget. Providing an in-depth analysis on a client-by-client basis is beyond the scope of this blog post, but the Awesome Cloud account team can offer the necessary technical guidance.

That wasn’t a cop-out answer. We just want to ensure that you’re leveraging the right flavor of cloud computing, and a discussion with your account manager can be invaluable. Maybe you’re thinking, “There has to be a few characteristics of companies that should definitely use a private cloud.” You are correct! Keep reading…

Organizations deploying a private cloud may be associated with government, may be described as risk averse, or are already heavily invested in IT and have the knowledge base necessary to manage their own cloud. Organizations that are part of a public cloud tend to be small- to medium-sized businesses with little governmental oversight, limited IT budget, and possibly a progressive view of new technology.

Some organizations don’t fit neatly into a public cloud or a private cloud and opt to adopt a hybrid approach to cloud computing. A hybrid cloud combines elements of a public and private cloud. Awesome Cloud also offers hybrid cloud solutions.


Learn More About Private Clouds

If you’re interested in learning more about private clouds, public clouds, or hybrid clouds, reach out via email or by posting a comment below. Let’s keep the conversation going on Twitter using the @awecloud handle.

About Dan Farrell

As Director of Network Operations, Dan Farrell is responsible for management of security and uptime of the Awesome Cloud Services network. A network engineer by trade, Dan serves a range of functions at Awesome Cloud. He maintains the policies and procedures related to network operations, as well as engaging with clients to resolve individual security needs. He also maintains the Awesome Cloud Services data center infrastructure, including physical maintenance and monitoring.