Private Doesn’t Equal Privacy: 4 Reasons to Go with a Cloud You Can Trust

Undoubtedly, cloud computing offers a myriad of benefits, including additional computing resources and reduced IT spending. But when it comes to the cloud, there is a right way and a wrong way to proceed. Many companies are wary of surrendering their computing infrastructures to third parties through a public cloud. They instead opt for a private cloud, mistaking “private” for “privacy.” Research shows, however, that private clouds are often riskier than public clouds, leaving mission-critical operations to chance. Here are four reasons why you can’t trust the private cloud.

1. In-House IT Is Ill-Equipped to Handle Cloud Complexity

Private clouds are fraught with complexities that call for experienced support that most in-house IT departments aren’t equipped to handle without inordinate risk. SentinelAgent is built in the cloud, for the cloud and by cloud experts using Microsoft’s premium cloud platform; Azure.
How often does your in-house staff handle architecture planning, installation, and integration for Microsoft Azure technology? Probably not all that often. Our team lives in this environment. You wouldn’t trust a nurse in family practice to perform a neurological procedure, so why would you use in-house IT to manage your “private” cloud? It’s not worth the risk.

2. Companies Neglect Critical Cloud Vulnerabilities

Surveys show that companies don’t monitor and safeguard the performance of private clouds, basically playing Russian roulette with their mission-critical applications. The survey showed that many companies don’t test private cloud availability, have a recovery plan, or track key performance indicators (KPIs) for the cloud environment.

This lack of vigilance is a recipe for disaster. At SentinelAgent, we believe that when IT systems fail, companies fail, and we take extraordinary measures to head preventable disasters off at the pass. When problems occur, SentinelAgent will give you access to a treasure trove of data to help you get yourself back online ASAP.

3. Internal Security Breaches Are the Private Cloud’s Achilles’ Heel

Studies have shown that the most virulent security breaches come from within. Private clouds have perimeter security to forestall external attacks, but they typically aren’t configured to protect the infrastructure against internal attacks. With SentinelAgent’s secure cloud-based Microsoft Windows Monitoring system, you can rest assured that you are protected from internal and external threats.

4. The Costs of the Private Cloud Outweigh Its Benefits

Properly maintaining a cloud requires sophisticated expertise, monitoring, and security. With a private cloud, the onus is on your staff to handle all these tasks adroitly enough to keep your critical applications, and thus your business, running without interruption.
Paying the requisite support staff for a cloud is financially untenable for most companies, which is why using Azure cloud-based services makes more sense than building or implementing an on-site solution. Monitoring is our core competency, and we can perform them more effectively and efficiently than anything you’ll install on-site.

Cloud computing can do wonders for today’s companies, but many such benefits are lost with the private cloud. Private clouds are cost-ineffective, unreliable, and vulnerable to security threats. Entrusting your monitoring infrastructure to SentinelAgent gives you the consistency, savings, and expertise your business needs to thrive.