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VPC (virtual private cloud)

IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)

A virtual-private-cloud offers the capabilities of a traditional private cloud but uses cloud-based resources instead of physical ones. It allows an organization to deploy additional infrastructure resources at need without acquiring, deploying, configuring, and maintaining physical appliances. This enables organizations to take advantage of the flexibility, scalability, and cost savings of cloud computing.
A private cloud architecture is designed to provide an organization with certain types of resources. These include processing power, also called “compute” (CPU), storage (RAM and disk space), and networking connectivity.

While an organization can deploy all of these resources in an on-prem private cloud, these same resources are available for lease in the cloud. Instead of purchasing and maintaining their own physical infrastructure, virtual private clouds allow organizations to rent virtual infrastructure from cloud providers at need.

Benefits of a Virtual Private Cloud

Virtual-private-clouds provide a number of advantages over physical ones, including:

  • Flexibility and scalability: Flexibility and scalability are the main selling points of the cloud. Virtual-private-clouds, which are built using cloud resources, provide these same benefits.
  • Reduced Overhead: With an on-prem private cloud, an organization needs to acquire and deploy physical appliances to meet private cloud requirements. With a virtual private cloud, additional capacity can be leased at need, decreasing the overhead associated with maintaining a private cloud.
  • Simplified Management: In a virtual private cloud, the cloud provider is responsible for maintaining a significant portion of an organization’s infrastructure stack. This decreases the load on IT staff and allows the company to focus on its core business.
  • Improved Resiliency: Cloud providers are in the business of guaranteeing high availability and accessibility to their customers. Deploying data storage and applications in a virtual private cloud enables an organization to be more resilient than if it tried to host the same resources in a physical private cloud.
  • Business Focus: Most customers are not experts at purchasing, installing, and maintaining physical private clouds and thus need to hire specialist staff for this purpose. Transferring the responsibility to a cloud vendor means the company can focus only on its key business objectives without the distraction of managing physical infrastructure.

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