The widespread adoption of the cloud has led to the emergence of hybrid, multi-cloud, and other cloud computing strategies. Still, confusion remains regarding the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), especially with some hardware vendors masquerading as a true cloud provider. So, what is a Virtual Private Cloud and what benefits does it offer over other cloud options?
- Different Clouds and Their Strategies
- The Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
- VPC & VPN
- Top 5 Benefits of a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
- Migrating to a VPC With DSM
Different Clouds and Their Strategies
On-Premise: An internal, physical infrastructure dedicated entirely to one user. Offers an abundance of control and clarity into the infrastructure.
Public Cloud: A large physical and virtual infrastructure shared with thousands or perhaps millions of users over the public internet. This means that anyone can use or purchase the computing services. Public clouds are typically known as a cost-saver over private clouds. Leaders like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are prime examples of public clouds.
Hybrid Cloud: When multiple cloud strategies (a mix between on-premise servers and a public cloud or VPC) are utilized together to become a “hybrid cloud.” The primary benefit of this is the agility to adapt and change quickly, which to some is an important factor for their business.
Multi-Cloud: The strategy of utilizing multiple public cloud providers for different workloads depending on the needs and sensitivity of data of the organization. This reduces dependency on a single cloud provider.
The Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
So where does VPC fit in? VPCs are just as virtual as the public cloud, however, instead of sharing resources and space over the public internet, these clouds operate with a certain level of isolation between customers. This is achieved through a private IP subnet or Virtual Local-Area Network (VLAN) on a per-customer basis, which provides a greater level of security. This isolation is what lends itself to the term “virtual private”—the user is in a cloud, but is not dependent on any physical hardware, which is an important distinction. On-premise clouds, sometimes referred to as physical private clouds, are dedicated entirely to one customer, including the hardware.
VPC & VPN
We can’t talk about VPCs without mentioning their relationship to a Virtual Private Network (VPN). In order for a VPC to function, it needs a VPN to accompany it. A Virtual Private Network is a gateway that creates a private encrypted network on a public network. So, to access a VPC remotely, you’ll need to pass the authentication layers of the VPN which keeps the VPC secure.
Top 5 Benefits of a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
Some vendors have been inaccurately marketing their physical servers as enabling customers to create their own “private cloud”; we call these the cubic zirconia of the cloud world. Service providers are offering fully managed hardware or HaaS (Hardware-as-a-Service) and referring to it as VPC; where in the end, clients wind up with nothing more than a dedicated rack of equipment that the provider manages. Running on a physical server is not a true VPC, it’s more akin to on-premise hardware and misses the basic fundamentals of the cloud: A cloud is ultimately an infrastructure destination that is reliable, elastic, and scalable. You only pay for resources consumed, and more can be added instantly without needing to acquire new hardware. Therefore, pure-play cloud companies now state that they offer Virtual Private Clouds to ensure customers know they are getting the real deal.
The VPC offers numerous benefits; here are the top five.
- Security: Information passed through a VPC stays within a customer’s control without crossing the internet. In addition, with all customers operating on the same back-end infrastructure, VPC providers have a highly-vested interest in keeping things running smoothly and securely, while maintaining high levels of uptime. To keep clients satisfied, reputable VPC providers typically spend much more time than any individual would to obtain this level of reliability and security.
- Savings: Because VPCs are within a public cloud, customers still benefit from economies of scale, sharing costs with other organizations without compromising the aforementioned security.
- Easy integration: A VPC can be integrated with other VPCs, the public cloud, or on-premise infrastructure. Once in place, it effectively becomes a hybrid cloud, which by definition, is more than one cloud working in synchronization.
- Seamless upgrades: With all customers operating on the same hardware, the VPC provider can upgrade everyone incrementally and with no downtime. Most providers will refresh the underlying hardware while constantly acquiring new hardware that is faster and better. Over time, customers’ workloads hosted in a VPC get faster and more secure.
- Eco-Friendliness: Tightening government legislation and consumer pressure is forcing more and more companies to go green; in fact, over 80% of consumers say they want you as a company to help them make a difference. A VPC operating within a cloud hosting company leaves much less of a carbon footprint versus running on dedicated hardware, something that can be promoted to new clients.
Migrating to a VPC With DSM
Whether you’re moving to the cloud or looking to switch providers, we can help. Our VPC services easily integrate with onsite or offsite workloads, and our IT experts will be on-hand every step of the way to ensure a seamless transition. We ensure strict security protocols, 99.99%+ uptime, a complete compliance package that meets the requirements of CJIS, HIPAA, PCI, SOC1, and SOC2, with only one portal to manage. Interested in learning more? Speak with one of our IT experts today about the benefits of a virtual private cloud with DSM.