Although these organizations might want to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, it may seem that running a private cloud operation under their own roofs is a bigger task than they are prepared to take on. For many, the best option may well be a managed private cloud.
What Is a Managed Private Cloud?
A “cloud,” whether public or private, is really nothing more than a set of services that can be easily accessed by users. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines cloud computing this way:
“Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”
A key element of this definition is that it applies to any kind of cloud. It may be a multi-tenant public cloud run by one of the behemoths of the cloud computing world, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). It could be an in-house private cloud operated by a single company exclusively for its own use. Or, as is becoming more and more common today, it could be a private cloud managed by a third-party provider who specializes in offering individual customers a complete suite of cloud services on a single-tenancy basis. This latter model is what’s called a managed private cloud.