You have probably heard of the larger public cloud providers, including Rackspace and Amazon Web Services. Wouldn’t it be nice to, as a service provider, offer similar services to your current customers instead of allowing them to consume resources from a larger cloud provider? Local cloud has many benefits to both service providers and your end users. In this blog post, I will discuss local cloud and the benefits it brings to your business.
What is Local Cloud?
Local cloud is just that; offering cloud computing services to your existing customers in your geographical region, on your network. Local cloud enables you to provide additional services including Windows and CentOS virtual machines, cloud applications and disaster recovery. Ultimately, this allows you to provide an end-to-end solution, increase revenue and reinforce client relationships.
Offering cloud on your existing network increases efficiency and access to resources, reducing latency issues. Providing these services locally simplifies resource utilization for your end users, as they trust your brand and know their data is being stored in your data center. Not only is their data being stored locally, but they can also get superior support from you in a timely manner.
How can you add Local Cloud?
There are several ways to provide cloud locally. To do so you need to host cloud infrastructure in your data center or on your premise. Consider partnering with a single vendor that offers you the automation and functionality necessary to manage your cloud environment. A single vendor relationship offers you the integration of all cloud components, including multiple hypervisors, networking, metering and billing, and productization of your cloud.
Having a single vendor gives you a single point of contact for integration, product development, multiple deployment methods and support. Make sure to find a vendor who can deploy cloud based on your business model. Some of these methods include:
- Cloud Appliance: Manage and monitor your existing infrastructure and virtualization through a single interface
- Hyper-Converged Infrastructure: Fully supported and integrated hardware solution with system management
What are the Benefits of Local Cloud?
As a service provider, both your administrators and end users can benefit from local cloud. Utilizing cloud automation your administrators can monitor and manage infrastructure from a central location, alleviating the need to physically visit each data center regularly, ultimately increasing efficiency for your staff. The benefit of hosting locally is that they can physically perform upgrades and maintenance when necessary.
- Maintenance and Management: Your administrators can physically perform upgrades and maintenance at your data centers when necessary.
- Reduced Latency: Providing cloud applications and virtual machines locally reduces latency for your end users. Local cloud resources enable end users to upload and download data faster than using a cloud miles away.
- Local support: As a service provider, your customers expect a certain level of support. This rings true for your new cloud service. You can offer superior support locally, which means you can do on-site training and assist when the need arises; a level of support they wouldn’t receive from Rackspace or AWS.
- Ensure Privacy and Data Security: End users find these two points valuable and necessary when it comes to storing data in the cloud. It is difficult to decide to place company-sensitive information in the cloud when you don’t know where it is being stored. Dealing with a local service provider they trust and keeping their information in a local data center gives them peace of mind.
- Global Reach: Not only can you provide local cloud to your immediate customers, you can also provide cloud computing outside of your geographical area using the same infrastructure, which enables you and your customers to compete at a global scale.
Partner with the right vendor for increased flexibility and functionality allows you to implement a local cloud environment that brings benefits to you and your end users. Providing your end users with reduced latency, increased data security and local support will ultimately provide a better experience. It is important to remember that your end users are entrusting you with their information. Give your customers the solution they want and need while making your business more marketable.
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