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Private cloud implementation guide

Last updated:August 2017

Editor's note

Hybrid and public options are more popular than private cloud implementations these days, but the private cloud still has a place in the enterprise.

Companies that need strict control over the data they store in the cloud, whether for security, compliance or some other reason, can turn to the private cloud to promote the collaboration and data access that end users need, without compromising. You can build a private cloud on premises and have complete control over its infrastructure, deployment, implementation roadmap and administration if that's appealing -- or necessary -- for your company.

That said, building your own private cloud can be daunting, expensive and time-consuming. As an IT administrator, you need the right skill set to stand up and manage a private cloud.

Alternatively, you can turn to a private cloud provider to handle the infrastructure piece of your private cloud implementation. You will still be in charge of managing your slice of a multi-tenant cloud, including granting end users access and troubleshooting any issues they might have.

It's important to consider the cost implications of turning to a provider. Building your own cloud in house can be expensive if you don't already have the hardware in your data center, so in that way, an on-premises private cloud deployment can be more expensive than hosting through a provider.

But subscription-based services, such as those offered by private cloud providers, come with an ongoing monthly fee. With that monthly payment, you get some support for your private cloud implementation, however. That's something you don't get with an on-premises private cloud deployment.

Whichever route you choose to take for your deployment, it's critical to arm yourself with some private cloud basics before you dive in. Get started with some key private cloud terms, pointers for a smooth private cloud implementation and answers to common questions in this guide.

1Build a private cloud

Tips and tricks for a successful private cloud implementation.

2Ask the cloud experts

Answers to private cloud implementation problems that might pop up.

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