What is a Private Cloud?

A private cloud is a type of cloud service that gives the owner access to a secure virtual cloud-based space. In this virtual space, only the creator can operate in or have access to it.

It provides the user the necessary virtual environment that will tend to the required computing power needed by the user to execute functions. This provides better privacy and control.


As you would have imagined already, a private cloud only grants access to the user only. The resources in a private cloud is not shared with other private or public cloud users.
Take for instance, Google Drive. Everything inside a Google Drive is yours alone to access with your secured password. No other person have access to the files in your drive except you.

There are many ways of hosting and managing a private cloud too. There is Amazon’s AWS and Azure from Microsoft.


a) It grants user access to only one user who is the owner of the private cloud space.

b) Gives the user more control over their data resources.

c) It can also provide similar advantages and benefits offered by public clouds if it’s architecture is appropriately implemented for a seamless flow of critical work.

d) Can accommodate chargeback tools. This tool helps in computing usage tracking. It also ensures you pay exactly for what you are using only.

e) Private usage also ensures that there is more security for the user. This is direct result of operating on an isolated network.

f) Usage from a single cloud space source increases performance too.

g) Inadvertently, there is also flexible customisation capacity.


Private clouds also come with its own cons or disadvantages. Some of them are –

1) Automation and user personal assistance  services may become complex.

This is because implementation of the technologies necessary for the smooth running of the operations  are done by expertise IT teams.

2) They don’t come cheap; costs eventually add up. You realise that all the hassle to set up a private cloud on a privately hosted server becomes very costly in the long run – cost of acquisition, maintenance and necessary infrastructure. This doesn’t mean that it is not worth it though.

3) A single issue that affects the central hosting server will affect every private cloud space owner they’re hosting.

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