Last week I was on a consulting assignment for a client that is interested in cloud computing but concerned about the security of the cloud. A private cloud is something that could clearly benefit this organisation but then the question arose about how they would provision and deploy a solution and what would the skill requirements be for their staff. Further discussions then lead to considerations such as how big should the private cloud be so that it could cater for peaks in demand as well as future growth. What was clear was that this organisation was considering hosting the private cloud themselves and had not even considered using a third party supplier to provide the private cloud.
Our discussion widened to Amazon AWS and their Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). This is an incredibly powerful private cloud solution that enables the provision of an isolated section of the Amazon AWS cloud. The real power of the Amazon VPC is that it enables the configuration of a network topology that resembles a traditional on premise network with sub networks exposed to Internet access and others totally isolated from Internet access with multiple layers of security including security groups and access control lists. In addition a hardware Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection can be made from the on premise data centres to the VPC resources enabling the Amazon VPC to provide an extension to the corporate data centre that scales on demand.
What is clear is that the power of private cloud computing is not being exploited by many organisations, often due to the misconception that they must be on-premise. To help demystify private cloud computing, Learning Tree have developed a 4 day hands-on course Implementing a Private Cloud Solution that covers in great detail the possibilities that private cloud computing offers together with hands-on exposure to the products from the major vendors. If you are interested in private cloud computing, why not consider attending. If you would like to know more about Amazon AWS and the Amazon VPC why not consider Learning Tree’s 4 day Amazon AWS course.