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Virtual Private Cloud: How Does It Work?


When it comes to cloud hosting, you’ve probably seen a few buzzwords floating around on the web from different providers—whether it be Virtual Private Cloud, Dedicated Private Cloud, or Public Cloud. When selecting the right cloud hosting platform, such as Private Cloud or Public Cloud, we first need to understand what “compute” means. According to Techopedia, compute “refers to activities, applications or workloads that require more processing resources than its memory or I/O resource requirements,” and it can exist in your on-premise data center or in a data center hosted by an outside provider such as Opti9.

So, What Exactly is a Virtual Private Cloud?

Unlike a Public Cloud where you share the compute within a cluster of servers, a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) is dedicated compute and storage within a shared environment, such as a chassis that holds multiple servers, or a shared space, such as the data center here at Opti9. When you sign up for a VPC, you’re guaranteed a certain amount of compute, RAM, and storage that’s specifically reserved for you and can’t be used by another tenant.

The perfect analogy for this type of environment in a data center such as our own is not much different than renting an apartment in an apartment building. Maybe the building offer various layouts such as studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and so on—all of which are priced accordingly, and will satisfy the specific needs of each tenant. Similarly, our data center houses dedicated racks for multiple clients who each have their own unique requirements as far as processing, RAM, and storage are concerned.

In the building, your apartment is dedicated to you and only you hold the key, while the same is true for the other tenants. No one has to share the dedicated space they’re provided with that’s included with their rent other than “public” areas such as the lobby. The same is true of a Virtual Private Cloud environment. Although it may exist in a public environment, only you have the “key” to access to your cloud solution.

Benefits of a Virtual Private Cloud Solutions

Running your environment on a Public Cloud may be ideal if you’re looking to run a single server to a few instances that don’t require much processing power, such as simple websites like WordPress. However, if your business workload requires anything from dedicated software to remote desktop environments, a Virtual Private Cloud is the solution for your business.

Some of the flexibility that comes with running a Virtual Private Cloud is that it eliminates the need for your company to own and maintain any hardware. The hosting provider of your cloud solution will handle the deployment, configuration, and maintenance of the environment. When pairing that service in a data center with redundant networking and power, you increase the reliability of your infrastructure and can pass that reliability on to your clients. A VPC is also ideal because it’s incredibly easy to scale. This means that as your business grows, your VPC solution can grow with it. Should you need more room for additional servers of processing power, additional compute can be added without the need for costly downtime or maintenance windows.
Out of the many benefits of a Virtual Private Cloud, the important thing to remember is that within data centers like ours, you’re guaranteed compute that only you and your business can tap into. Whether you’re a business owner, CIO, or IT Manager, your company needs flexible solutions for growth and redundancy to ensure reliable performance, not only for the sake of your company, but for the sake of your clients.

Want to learn more about Opti9’s fully managed Virtual Private Cloud solutions? Send us a message at or give us a call at 1-866-Opti9-1 (1-866-932-2471) and speak to an expert today!

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