Cloud Computing Benefits
Cloud computing benefits are compelling enough that a rapidly growing number of enterprises are either using public cloud services or deploying their own private clouds. Public and private clouds offer overlapping but distinct sets of benefits.
Cloud Computing Benefits: Public Clouds
With public clouds, the cloud computing infrastructure is owned and operated by the cloud service provider and the service is available to any enterprise willing to pay for it. For enterprise customers, the main cloud computing benefits associated with public clouds are:
- Reduced CAPEX and maintenance. Public clouds enable enterprises to procure needed IT services without having to invest in hardware and software, or maintain those assets over time.
- Accelerated time-to-market. By using existing public clouds rather than building out on-premise infrastructure, businesses are able to accelerate time-to-market for IT-dependent products and services.
- Reduced waste. The self-service mechanisms and pay-per-use pricing offered by most public clouds enable businesses to easily increase or decrease their service usage as needed, and pay only for what they actually use.
- Near-limitless scalability. The major, well-established public cloud computing services can handle any scalability requirements that an enterprise may have, whether driven by business growth or by periodic spikes in demand.
Cloud Computing Benefits: Private Clouds
With private cloud computing, an organization builds and operates its own cloud for exclusive use by internal customers such as departments, work groups, or branch offices within the organization. Cloud computing benefits provided by private clouds include:
- Control and visibility. Compared to public clouds, an enterprise cloud provides an organization with a greater degree of control, transparency, and confidentiality.
- Agility. Compared to traditional IT infrastructures, a private cloud infrastructure enables an organization to more quickly provision IT resources in support of new business ventures and opportunities.
- Efficiency and cost savings. By pooling compute, storage, and network resources and fluidly sharing those resources among internal customers, and by providing the ability to track internal customers' service usage and charge that usage back to them, private clouds encourage IT efficiency and cost savings.
VCE Puts Cloud Computing Benefits in Easy Reach of Your Enterprise
VCE's Vblock™ Systems enable organizations to attain cloud computing benefits while minimizing the costs, effort, and risks. By pre-integrating storage technologies from EMC, compute and networking resources from Cisco, and virtualization technology from VMware, Vblock Systems allow public or private clouds to be built quickly and reliably. Vblock Systems are available in a range of sizes and capacities and can be built out in a modular fashion to support the deployment of anything from a small-to-medium business (SMB) private cloud up to a mass-scale public cloud.
Learn more about Vblock Systems from VCE.