Private Cloud goes beyond commodity compute and storage: F5 Networks

Networking vendor sees advantages of the private Cloud over the public one in certain use cases

Before jumping onboard the public Cloud, F5 Networks suggests considering the private Cloud as an alternative.

APAC solution architect, Adrian Noblett, said a key benefit of the private Cloud is the added control over the compute infrastructure.

Noblett adds that public Cloud deployments have been predominantly focused on providing commodity compute and storage, whereas for enterprises that is only a portion of their required IT solution.

“Enterprises usually require other services that go with that compute and storage,” he said.

Beyond the compute that is being purchased, Noblett said application services and security also need to be taken into account.

“The challenge with public Cloud is being able to deliver the same kind of application services you’re used to in your private infrastructure out in a public environment,” he said.

The cost angle

Noblett said the effectiveness of a private Cloud essentially comes down to how it is built, as it can provide benefits in terms of delivery of service and simplified deployment models.

“Because you can potentially share resources across multiple business units, you can get benefits there,” he said.

If the majority of services delivered by the organisation go out to the outside world, then Noblett said the public Clouds provides a cost advantage as it does not have the same level of overheads.

“The scale which large public Clouds are built means that the total cost of ownership is significantly reduced,” he said.

F5 Networks uses an agnostic approach in order to deliver services that businesses can consume either in private Clouds, enable hybrid Clouds or be delivered in public Clouds.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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