In the tech world, guilty pleasures involve using technologies that can be considered faux-pas if we admit using it. Among such is running your Virtual Desktop Cloud. We know some of you might be shocked after reading it, but others might share the guilty pleasure with us.
Right Scale’s cloud survey found that both public and private clouds are equally utilized by the organization, with an average of 1.5 public and 1.7 private clouds. The private cloud experienced a 22% increase in the migration of VMs, which was close to 13% in 2015.
The survey showed substantial growth in Open Stack from 2015 and on wards, with most of them supporting private cloud implementation.
We can spend all day wondering why industry gushes about the public cloud while ignoring the private clouds despite its benefits. People dismiss private clouds as a copy of the “real” deal (public cloud). While it is true that private clouds cannot match up the potential of public cloud, volume matters here. Only a few enterprises would need a scale similar to public clouds.
Let’s discuss the advantages of private cloud over public ones. First is the level of control over data. We know that the public cloud is secure, but that doesn’t mean that its architecture is designed to meet the consumers’ requirements of control and security.
Apps and architecture that could fit a public cloud need time and money, which organizations desire to spend on private clouds. Apps and architecture can be impacted minimally, having the cloud tailored to suit their needs, rather than the other way around.
The second point is the fact that applications do not work alone. They share data and communicate with other devices through business processes requiring integration and connectivity. Moving an application to the public cloud would mean changes in processes and integrations, along with on-premise changes, like firewalls, allowing inbound connections to reach the deepest parts of the data center where the application lives.
According to a survey report by SnapLogic, approximately 43% of the participants find integration challenges as the barrier when shifting to public clouds. Another report by Scribe showed that 54% of the professionals said that integration challenges made them leave SaaS. Once you have stopped spending money and time, you’d realize that it is much easier to achieve agility and operational benefits with on-premise cloud infrastructure.
Let’s not undermine the risks associated with on-premise cloud architecture. Almost 25% of the Clutch survey people stated that downtime was a problematic aspect of cloud in the previous year. Downtime directly relates to money loss, whether soft (productivity) or hard money (profit). In 2015, AWS recorded 56 outages, while Azure faced 71, and Google faced downtime of 11 hours (167 outages).
Not only does private cloud offers you the advantage of having control over things, but also the visibility across entire architecture, making it easier to monitor and fix the issues at hand. Again, control varies in the two platforms. An organization can control the changes to its private cloud, while you cannot stop any changes in private cloud platforms, which can result in outages.
The benefits of using a Virtual Desktop Cloud: agility, cost-efficiency, quick delivery time, are not strictly related to public clouds. Instead, they depend on the operational model, not the location. Organizations can get the same benefits from the cloud, on or off-premise. They may not be the same in terms of cost, but they are still benefits.
We don’t expect people to accept private cloud easily, despite the valid arguments presented by the professionals. But like most guilty pleasures, organizations will keep enjoying it without talking much about it.