What is a Private Cloud?

It is defined as a computing service offered either over the internet or a private internal network and only to the selected users. Some also call it corporate cloud or internal cloud. What you call it is irrelevant, but private cloud computing offers businesses almost all the features and functionalities of public cloud-like self-service, scalability, and flexibility.

With the private cloud, organizations get a higher level of security and privacy through both; firewalls and internal hosting, ensuring complete data safety and non-accessibility of sensitive data by third-party service providers. Nevertheless, the responsibility of cost and accountability management of private cloud lies with the in-house IT team of the company. Therefore, an organization must incur the same staffing, management, and maintenance expenses as traditional data center ownership.

A private cloud delivers two instances of cloud services. The first, infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which enables a company to use computing resources such as compute, network, and storage. The second – platform as a Service (PaaS), it allows a company to deliver everything cloud, right from basic cloud applications to sophisticated enterprise cloud applications.

Private cloud, when combined with the public cloud you get hybrid cloud where you get features, capabilities, and functionalities of both in a single platform.

Microsoft Private Cloud

Microsoft offers a private cloud platform in the form of Microsoft Private Cloud facilitating dedicated Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions. It enables Enterprise Application (EA) Management, interoperability between hardware and virtualization platform, and allocated resource pools for hosted cloud solutions for tenants.

Every organization is interested to use its resources productively. One of the proven ways of doing this is by running applications in Virtual Machines (VM) rather than on physical machines. Many organizations adopted virtualization as new normal in their data centers. However, after the Pandemic, it has become clear that the Private cloud is the next step in virtualization. Microsoft private cloud does the same.

Microsoft private offers a virtual networking platform for organizations to enable them in creating private networks and maintaining them within the Microsoft Azure cloud. Working with Microsoft private cloud is like working within a private data center but with advanced functionality and more advantages like higher availability, isolation, and scalability.

Microsoft is a leading provider of cloud services under the Azure umbrella. It provides cloud solutions under two categories, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) sold. Being flexible, cost-efficient, and the cutting-edge technology in Microsoft’s private cloud makes it the preferred choice for businesses interested to move ahead in the competition.

Operational Concepts of Microsoft Private Cloud

Microsoft private cloud comprises four key operational concepts for streamlining the entire operations and functionality. These concepts are,

  • Subnets: Within Microsoft’s private cloud, tenants can create subnets corresponding with one or more than one sub-networks. Additionally, it allows users to either allocate or select IP addresses ranging from the subnets. Using the same concept of implementation users can also allocate particular resources to every individual subnet within the private cloud.
  • Address Spaces: With the use of Microsoft private cloud users get a chance to utilize both public and private addresses for specifying custom address range. After you are done with the selection and allotment of customer private IP range, you automatically get assigned an address that is within the specified range of the launched resources in the virtual network.
  • Subscriptions: Microsoft Azure private cloud is a service revolving around subscription or pay-as-you-go model. It enables users to deploy multiple networks within a single subscription in diverse Microsoft cloud environments.
  • Single Location Operation: Microsoft Azure VNet is designed to operate within a single location. However, users get the flexibility to use the platform for linking the virtual private cloud to connecting with the respective networks with multiple Azure locations.

These are the four major components on which the entire Microsoft Private cloud network operates. Users find it easy and convenient to get used to the functionalities of Azure VNet ensuring operational efficiency.

Microsoft Private Cloud Supports Associated Connections

Microsoft private cloud is the most trusted and reliable private cloud network as it supports multiple network connections. Here are some of the most prominent connections supported by Microsoft private cloud,

Online Communications: Microsoft private cloud has a default functionality to execute all sorts of communications over the internet that are enabled within the VNet. However, for executing internal communication users need to assign public IP or a Load Balancer for the same.

Resource Communications: Microsoft’s private cloud makes it easily possible to communicate with the resources using a virtual network, virtual network service endpoint, and VNet Peering.

On-Premise Resource Communication: Microsoft virtual networks provide different options for connecting on-premise networks using different connectivity methods such as

  • Site-to-site VPN
  • Point-to-site VPN
  • Azure ExpressRoute

Network Traffic Routing & Filtering: The advanced tools in VNet route and filter the traffic within respective subnets. The filtering is carried out by implementing security groups or certain virtual appliances. These virtual appliances allow users to create VMs to perform functions like WAN optimization, firewall, and others.

Integrating VNet with Microsoft Private Cloud: Microsoft Private cloud allows seamless integration with other cloud services using different options available within the platforms. By deploying dedicated instances within the virtual network can be accessed through on-premise networks.

Benefits of Using Microsoft Private Cloud

Here are some of the major benefits of using Microsoft private cloud,

  • Microsoft private cloud is designed from the ground making it accessible only by your organization. Microsoft offers the liberty to configure and manage the private cloud as per your business needs.
  • The higher level of control and security offered by Microsoft private cloud makes it easier to customize the cloud environment as per your storage requirements, security design, and resource management.
  • The innovative design of the Hyper-V virtualization engine guarantees complete security in Microsoft’s private cloud. The enhanced network, storage, and Active Directory security is provided by the Hyper-V.
  • The designated drive volumes can only be accessed by corresponding virtual machines. The full drive encryption provided by Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption secures these drive volumes.
  • The Virtual LAN feature in Hyper-V maintains the security of network traffic and communications without interference or intervention.
  • With the use of ‘Cloud Bursting’, you can easily tackle a sudden spike in traffic. Microsoft private cloud offers easy switching between public and private clouds to free up space for sensitive functions that need to remain in a private cloud.

You can integrate dedicated servers with Microsoft private cloud. Especially for handling large databases when you require dedicated hardware for performing optimally.

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To design an effective Microsoft private cloud, you need careful planning and thoughtful consideration of the current and future needs and priorities of your organization. A Microsoft private cloud for business needs aiming to achieve complete and unified IT has to be built on a foundation providing self-service capabilities, app-centric security, and reliable data protection, disaster recovery, and automation.

EPC Group for the last 24 years is offering the most comprehensive range of Microsoft technologies and support with sole dedication. With our hard work, dedication, and expertise, we are recognized as Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

Our Microsoft cloud experts will properly design a Microsoft Private cloud for your organization that will help you increase IT efficiency and accelerate digital innovation.

For more information, speak with one of our Microsoft private cloud experts and derive sense out of opportunities offered by virtualization and private cloud hosting.

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