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Nicman Group's Private Cloud

Cloud Computing

What is Private Cloud

A private cloud is a particular model of cloud computing that involves a distinct and secure cloud based environment in which only the authorized client can operate. As with other cloud models, private clouds will provide computing power as a service within a virtualized environment using an underlying pool of physical computing resource. However, under the private cloud model, the cloud (the pool of resource) is only accessible by a single organization providing that organization with greater control and privacy.

The technical mechanisms used to provide the different services which can be classed as being private cloud services can vary considerably and so it is hard to define what establishes a private cloud from a technical aspect. Instead such services are usually categorized by the features that they offer to their client. Qualities that characterize private clouds include the ring fencing of a cloud for the sole use of one organization and higher levels of network security. Private cloud services draw their resource from a distinct pool of physical computers but these may be hosted internally or externally and may be accessed across private leased lines or secure encrypted connections via public networks.

following features and benefits:

  • Scalability
  • No investment in hardware
  • Utility style costing
  • Location independence
  • Physical security of data center locations
  • No single point of failure

The features and benefits of private cloud

Higher security and privacy

Public clouds services can implement a certain level of security but private clouds - using methods such as distinct pools of resources with access restricted to connections made from behind one organization’s firewall, dedicated leased lines and/or on-site internal hosting - can ensure that operations are kept out of the reach of prying eyes.

More control

As a private cloud is only accessible by a single organization, that organization will have the ability to configure and manage it inline with their needs to accomplish a tailored network solution. However, this level of control removes somes the economics of the public clouds by having centralized management of the hardware.

Cost and energy efficiency

Implementing a private cloud model can improve the allocation of resources within an organization by ensuring that the accessibility of resources to individual departments/business functions can directly and flexibly respond to their demand. Although they are not as cost effective as a public cloud services due to smaller economies of scale and increased management costs, they do make more efficient use of the computing resource than traditional LANs as they minimize the investment into unused capacity.

Improved reliability

Even where resources (servers, networks etc.) are hosted internally, the making of virtualized operating environments means that the network is more robust to individual failures across the physical infrastructure. Virtual partitions can, for example, pull their resource from the remaining unaffected servers. In addition, where the cloud is hosted with a third party, the organization can still benefit from the physical security afforded to infrastructure hosted within data centers.

Hardware Used for Nicman Private Cloud

In Nicman Data Centers

  • CISCO
  • DELL
  • NetApp
  • IBM
  • HP
  • Brocade

Software Used for Nicman Private Cloud

In Nicman Data Centers

  • OpenStack
  • VMware
  • Citrix
  • Nimbula
  • OnApp

Standard Included Support

  • Operating System Reloads
  • Server Reboots
  • 2-Hour Failed Hardware Replacement (SLA Backed)
  • Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack Filtering (Server Side Only)
  • Detailed Bandwidth Utilization Graphs
  • Bandwidth Overage Protection
  • All North American Based Support Staff
  • 24 hour Email Support (primary communication channel)
  • Phone Support (emergency communication channel)
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