Top 10: Private Cloud Providers

Top 10: Private Cloud Providers
Our Top 10 Private Cloud Providers include Alibaba Cloud, Dell, Cisco, VMware, Oracle Cloud, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure & AWS

A Private Cloud Provider offers cloud computing services to busy organisations, providing dedicated infrastructure for clients, including servers, storage systems and networking equipment. 

These providers oversee the entire cloud environment, including the deployment and maintenance of resources. Private Cloud Providers also customise the cloud environment for the requirements of the organisations it serves, for example, in security settings.

Private Cloud Providers also give unlimited technical support to ensure the smooth operation of the cloud infrastructure.

Here are our Top 10 Private Cloud Providers.

10. Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba is a major player in the e-commerce and cloud computing markets in China. The company has also built a network of data centres to support these services. As a public hyperscaler, Alibaba Cloud offers hybrid and edge computing, making it adaptable to various types of businesses. 

Alibaba Cloud's Apsara Stack offers a private cloud platform which allows businesses to deploy a private cloud that integrates with Alibaba's public cloud services, offering a unified cloud experience. This solution supports hybrid cloud environments and provides advanced features such as AI and big data analytics.

9. HPE Greenlake Cloud

Also known as HPE, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Greenlake offers two private cloud solutions, from its on-premises infrastructure:

  • HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Business Edition 
  • HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud Enterprise

These flexible and consumption-based models help organisations to build their private cloud environments using HPE's infrastructure, with the benefits of private cloud control.

GreenLake’s pay-per-use private cloud solution offers a range of cloud services, such as storage and networking, which are managed through a single platform. 

8. Dell Technologies

The multinational technology giant, Dell Technologies, the force behind the chunky Dell desktops from the early 2000s and the Alienware Gaming Systems, is also a provider of infrastructure solutions, for hardware and software. Dell built its NativeEdge edge software platform to simplify, secure and optimise edge deployments across multiple industries. It offers a unified management interface for Dell's edge computing hardware, enabling centralised control and configuration of distributed edge infrastructure. 

Dell EMC’s VxRail and VxBlock systems are infrastructure solutions for building private clouds. VxRail provides hyper-converged infrastructure, while VxBlock offers a converged approach to infrastructure.

7. Cisco

Cisco was founded in 1984 by Stanford University computer scientists who wanted to use computers to help people to make powerful connections. Cisco’s connectivity solutions let digital factories improve their security and its networking solutions make for secure cloud computing.

Cisco Secure Data Center offers solutions for physical data centres as well as private cloud, protecting data centres with visibility and multilayered segmentation. Cisco's private cloud solutions include:

  • Cisco CloudCenter, which manages applications across multiple cloud environments.
  • Cisco HyperFlex, which offers a flexible, hyper-converged infrastructure for private clouds. 

6. VMware

VMware is a leading virtualisation platform for building private clouds. The VMware Cloud Foundation expands on vSphere by utilising compute, storage and network virtualisation with management tools, providing the ultimate platform for private cloud deployment​.

Vittorio Viarengo, the Vice President of Cross-Cloud Services at VMware, has an extensive background in software, data, product management, marketing and cloud technologies. He spoke at Data Centre LIVE to discuss how businesses are increasingly adopting a multi-cloud strategy.

“The world is multi-cloud, whether you like it or not,” he said. 

Watch the full talk here.

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5. Oracle Cloud

Oracle Corporation is headquartered in Austin, Texas and in 2020 was the third-largest software company in the world by revenue. 

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is designed to run applications ‘securely and for less’, where users can operate with control over their data. Oracle's Cloud Infrastructure Edge Services provides capabilities for web application security, DDoS protection, DNS, traffic management and email delivery, which are managed through a network of high-capacity edge locations.

Oracle's public cloud allows customers' data centres to run Oracle cloud services on-premises which provides the benefits of Oracle's cloud infrastructure, such as advanced security, performance and scalability.

4. IBM Cloud

The world’s oldest computing company, IBM, was founded in 1911, as a maker of punch-card tabulators and office products. Now, IBM offers 170 services across AI, Machine Learning, automation, containerisation, IoT, quantum computing and private cloud storage. 

The platform IBM Cloud Private is built for developing and managing containerised applications, so that customers can customise their solution and have a greater visibility into security and access control.

As an integrated private cloud platform, IBM Cloud Private supports Kubernetes and Docker containers, allowing businesses to modernise their  applications and run them across hybrid cloud environments. 

3. Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

The Google Cloud Platform offers organisations services ranging from machine learning to data analytics and of course, storage. The platform includes Google workspace and public cloud infrastructure. 

For one typical email, the electricity used is responsible for 4g of CO2 emissions. There are over 1.8bn active Gmail users around the world, which are each offered 15Gb of cloud storage. As a result, Google Cloud is focused on lowering its environmental impact through energy-efficient data centres, carbon offset programmes and sustainable practices. GCP enables customers to run their workloads on a green and environmentally responsible platform. 

2. Microsoft Azure

Azure Stack integrates itself with Azure's wider security tools​, offering Azure services to on-premises data centres, allowing businesses to build and run hybrid applications. This ensures a consistent Azure experience across private clouds, as well as public ones, supporting services like IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. 

Like Google, Microsoft has made a huge effort in building more sustainable data centre operations. As the world's second largest cloud computing platform, Microsoft recognises the importance of minimising the environmental impact of Azure’s global infrastructure.

Azure is committed to using 100% renewable energy to power its data centres by 2025 and has implemented innovative cooling technologies, including outside air for cooling and capturing waste heat to warm local buildings.

1. Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS (Amazon Web Services) offers users a private cloud solution - AWS Outposts. This offers AWS users the infrastructure, services and tools for customer premises or co-location spaces. It allows customers to run AWS infrastructure locally, using the same hardware and software infrastructure as in AWS data centres.

AWS Outposts provides users with a scalable private cloud solution which integrates with AWS cloud services and lets organisations maintain control over their data and infrastructure while benefiting from AWS's cloud capabilities, as well as its managed services. This makes it a compelling choice for enterprises looking to modernise their IT infrastructure with cloud-native technologies while meeting specific regulatory or operational requirements.

 

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