Cloud computing has revolutionized the way the world works by virtualizing every aspect of business and offering the advantage of higher performance, scalability and security than traditional data centers. But many companies who wish to implement cloud computing often wonder whether they should leverage the cost-effective public cloud or opt for a dedicated private cloud service.
Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) however, offers a smart solution to this question. VPC is a private cloud infrastructure located within a public cloud, enabling you to experience the benefits of a virtualized network while employing public cloud resources. Here are the five biggest benefits of switching to a Virtual Private Cloud.
1. Secured Network:
A Virtual Private Cloud lets businesses leverage the advantage of a public cloud, while giving the security of a private cloud. In short, it offers security features without the expensive infrastructure. VPC works only through the company’s intranet infrastructure, securing a virtual networking environment, that includes IP addresses, subnets and network gateways. This ensures that the incoming and outgoing traffic from the VPC stays within the corporate firewall. Routing policies can also specify which users are allowed to reach the cloud resources and which are not. This private network within the public cloud environment adds much-needed security features to protect company data.
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2. Rapid & easy scalability:
Virtual Private Cloud is a great solution for growing businesses as it offers the flexibility of adding resources on-demand and the advantage of quick scalability. With VPC, there is no worry about upgrading and replacing infrastructure constantly, which can prove quite costly and tough to anticipate. VPC allows for quick and effective scalability as the work scope changes and develops, be it meeting seasonal peaks & drops in activity or raising server capacity to process huge amounts of data. Companies only pay for the resources needed and avail the advantage of additional resources without drastic investment in money and time.
3. Enhanced data control:
A Virtual Private Cloud offers complete control of data stored in a public cloud. VPC’s monitoring programs lets a business take charge of the incoming and outgoing traffic moving within the cloud. Only designated users can access the cloud environment and control where the data is located, which not only leads to improved security and compliance needs, but also enhances user performance by optimizing the bandwidth usage.
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4. Improved bandwidth efficiency:
The optimal routing of traffic on VPC can significantly improve bandwidth efficiency too. When the traffic avoids looping through the company datacenter, it saves the business from wastage of bandwidth. The VPC environment enables users to take the shortest and most efficient path to the application, reducing bandwidth costs and usage. Another advantage is that network segments can be controlled and control policies can be accessed to allow multiple users to share bandwidth, thus improving the utilization of bandwidth.
5. Better application performance:
To use the most obvious analogy, the Internet is like a highway which can get really congested causing application traffic to suffer. To add to that, application performance can be affected by inbound congestions on a company’s network. With Virtual Private Cloud, the cloud resources are routed through the corporate MPLS-based WAN, prioritizing the network traffic of select applications. This will result in optimized performance, reduced congestion and prevention of bottlenecks.
There are many such reasons why a Virtual Private Cloud is a good solution for a growing business. It combines the cost-effectiveness of a public cloud with the high levels of security, privacy, control and scalability of a dedicated private cloud, making it a smart choice that offers businesses, the best of both worlds.