Benefits of VPCs include:
Agility and scalability – Each component of the VPC can be scaled up and down – in automated, dynamic and real-time fashion – as and when needed. The client organization has full and granular control over the network, storage and compute resources used by the VPC.
Availability – The underlying public cloud infrastructure provides redundant and highly fault-tolerant zone architectures. Business-critical workloads rarely face downtime because the cloud provider is constantly acquiring and upgrading the hardware that powers the VPC.
Security – VPCs are in effect virtualized replicas of private clouds hosted on-prem when it comes to security. A VPC is logically isolated from all other networks inside or outside the underlying public cloud environment. While public cloud security is automatically applied, it remains a shared responsibility between the client organization and the cloud provider.
Performance – The inherent performance advantage of cloud-hosted websites and cloud-native applications over on-premise deployments can’t be denied. VPCs take full advantage of these optimized and constantly-upgraded cloud resources.
Integration with hybrid cloud – A VPC is technically already connected to the underlying public cloud infrastructure. So it needs just one more hop to connect to another public or private cloud, or on-prem data center. And that much simpler to be part of a hybrid, multicloud environment.
Versatile Private Clouds
Many enterprises are running private or hybrid clouds for critical workloads while simultaneously growing their use of the public cloud, as per an IDC study. Further, 44% of over 2,000 respondents to the study said that their company plans to increase spending on the private cloud.
VPCs provide a “common ground” environment for enterprises looking to find permanent homes for legacy and business-critical workloads.
The private cloud is no longer a fallback for what can’t go on public clouds, according to said Adam Stringer, Partner & Head of Business Resilience at PA Consulting.
“It is a misconception that regulation creates significant barriers to moving workloads to the cloud,” Stringer said.
“Regulators do demand rigor, just as they do for other outsourced arrangements, but there are many successful examples of highly regulated firms migrating to the cloud. The key lies in careful planning.”
Organizations adopting VPCs are quick to realize the benefits of faster scaling, provisioning control, data handling and infrastructure governance.