After the initial rush to the public cloud, some organizations wanted their own cloud.
They needed to assure data security, comply with regulations, or otherwise keep their information separated from general cloud storage.
Private clouds emerged to provide them with the benefits of the cloud but set apart from public cloud resources.
Here are some of the top trends that companies and IT teams are seeing in the private cloud market.
1. Private cloud growth
There is no doubt that private clouds are growing in terms of capacity stored and number of workloads.
As cloud technology has matured, it has become much easier for enterprises to deploy their own clouds or partner with other providers to provide the back-end services for their private clouds.
“Private cloud growth is trending up, because IT departments want to have the advantages of both on-premises and public clouds,” said John Scaramuzzo, CRO, Nyriad.
“On-premises delivers IT superior security and performance; public clouds offer flexibility, such as block, file, and object storage, and an ease-of-use pay-as-you-go consumption model.”
2. Demand for more services
Public cloud providers and the hyperscalers usually lead the way in new architectures, new services, and general cloud innovation.
Then things bleed down into other areas of IT — and on to private clouds.
“IT departments demand that private clouds offer similar services to public clouds, including, block, file, and object storage, utilizing common hardware and management tools,” said Scaramuzzo with Nyriad.
“These solutions will be inherently hybrid, seamlessly utilizing both public and private clouds. To maintain consistency, consumption and management will move to a common interface, blurring the line between the clouds. This will allow IT to maintain their budget, without sacrificing the benefits of the public cloud and the advantages of the private cloud.”
3. Hyperscalers go private
The big cloud providers are now investing more heavily in private cloud offerings too.
Rather than try to get everyone into the public cloud, they have realized they can capitalize on the private cloud trend and do it better than many other providers.
For example, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) enables the creation of a virtual network in a logically isolated area within the AWS cloud. Amazon EC2 instances and other AWS resources can be tied into the subnets of a VPC.
New I4i instances, too, powered by the latest generation Intel Xeon Scalable (Ice Lake) Processors (all-core frequency of 3.5 GHz), bring greater storage and compute performance to private and public clouds. These instances offer up to 30 TB of NVMe storage designed to minimize latency and boost transactions per second (TPS) on workloads that require fast access to local storage datasets, such as transactional databases, like MySQL, Oracle DB, and Microsoft SQL Server. NoSQL databases too, such as MongoDB, Couchbase, Aerospike, and Redis, are also a good fit.
“Our testing shows I4i instances delivering 2.9x higher query throughput than the previous generation I3 instances,” said Yiftach Shoolman, CTO, Redis.
“We have also tested with various read and write mixes and observed consistent and linearly scaling performance.”
4. Cloud choice
Perhaps the broadest benefit of advanced private cloud services is what it offers to the cloud as a whole — choice.
In a world of only public cloud providers, plain vanilla services tend to dominate.
But in a world of many public, private, and hybrid clouds, tremendous variety and innovation emerges.
“Most enterprises with a hybrid, multicloud strategy use a combination of different on-prem and cloud technologies, depending on the business requirements of the data being stored and processed,” said Frank Radefeldt, SVP of customer success worldwide and managing director, Europe, Arcitecta.
“Cloud service offerings vary, so having the ability to utilize whichever cloud service is most efficient and beneficial for specific data requirements is essential. In addition, IT departments are seeking a centralized management approach to ensure data privacy plus control mechanisms that, can span all different data storage technologies.”
5. Greater collaboration
As cloud technology has advanced, so has the ability to collaborate within teams, across organizations, and with partners and customers.
“Shifting traditional, on-prem workflows, tools and storage to cloud-based deployments has always been appealing, as it taps directly into the intrinsic human need to collaborate with any teammate and any toolset,” said Matt Schneider, director of product management, M&E, LucidLink.
“Enthusiastic acceptance of cloud as a collaborative platform means being able to work with creative talent no matter where they are located, without friction or disruption.”