A cloud computing platform provisioned, deployed and utilized by a private organization inside their own data center and managed by the IT department. Private cloud offers the same benefits and functionality of a public cloud computing including on-demand scalability, multi-tenancy, and self-service provisioning of computing resources by corporate users.
A private cloud differs from the public cloud platform by addressing enterprise specific concerns such as guaranteed availability and service levels for mission-critical workloads, security, and regulatory compliance. Private cloud infrastructures can be optimized for their specific needs, allowing organizations to better scale and provision resources dynamically without manual interventions by IT, similar to public cloud services.
Companies can remove the IT overhead of managing hardware and facilities but maintain control of their software and operating environment by using off-premise hardware and facility service providers who host and maintain cloud hardware infrastructures as a service.
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