Private Clouds vs Virtual Private Clouds (VPC)?

To understand why Virtual Private Clouds (VPC) have become very useful for companies, it’s important to see how cloud computing has evolved. When the modern cloud computing industry began, the benefits with cloud computing were immediately clear; everyone loved its on-demand nature, the optimization of resource utilization, auto-scaling, and so forth. As more companies adopted cloud, a number of organizations asked themselves, “how do we adopt the cloud while keeping all these applications behind our firewall?” Therefore, a number of vendors built private clouds to satisfy those needs.

In order to run a private cloud as though it were on-premises and get similar benefits to having a public cloud, you need a multi-tenant architecture. It helps to be a big company with many departments and divisions that all use the private cloud’s resources. Private clouds work when there are enough tenants and resource requirements are ebb and flow so that a multi-tenant architecture works to the advantage of the organization.

In a private cloud model, the IT department acts as a service provider and the individual business units act as tenants. In a virtual private cloud model, a public cloud provider acts as the service provider and the cloud’s subscribers are the tenants.

Moving away from traditional virtual infrastructures

A private cloud is a large initial capital investment to set up but, in the long run, it can bring savings––especially for large companies. If the alternative is every division gets its own mainframe, and those machines are over-engineered to accommodate peak utilization, the company ends up with a lot of expensive idle cycles. Once a private cloud is in place, it can reduce the overall resources and costs required to run the IT of the whole company because the resources are available on-demand rather than static.

But not every company has the size and the number of tenants to justify a multi-tenant private cloud architecture. It sounds good in principle, but for companies at a particular scale, it just doesn’t work. The alternative was the best of both worlds; have VPC vendors handle the resources and the servers but keep the data and applications behind the company’s firewall. The solution was a Virtual Private Cloud; it is behind the firewall and is private to your organization, but housed on a remote cloud server. Users of VPCs get all the benefits of the cloud, but without the cost drawbacks.

Today, about a third of organizations rely on private clouds, and many companies embarking on the cloud journey want to know whether a private cloud is the right move for them; they also want to ensure that there are no security concerns. Without going too far into those debates, there are certainly advantages to moving to a private cloud. But there are disadvantages as well; again, it is capital and resource intensive to set up. However, running a private cloud can lead to significant resource savings, but some organizations do not have enough tenants to make hosting their own cloud worth it.

VPCs give you the best of both worlds in that you’re still running your applications behind your firewall, but the resources are still owned, operated, and maintained by a VPC vendor. You don’t need to acquire and run all the hardware and server space to set up a private cloud; a multi-tenant cloud provider will do all of that for you––but you will still have the security benefits of a private cloud.

How Anypoint Virtual Private Cloud provides flexibility

Anypoint Platform provides a Virtual Private Cloud that allows you to securely connect your corporate data centers and on-premises applications to the cloud, as if they were all part of a single, private network. You can create logically separated subnets within Anypoint Platform’s iPaaS, and create the same level of security as your own corporate data centers.

More and more companies require hybrid integration for for their on-premises, cloud, and hybrid cloud systems; Anypoint VPC seamlessly integrates with on-premises systems as well as other private clouds.

How to transfer Google Photos to my iCloud

I like Google Drive Services and use iPhone. I need move my Photos and Videos from Google Photos to iCloud.

Google Photos’ free unlimited storage has been such a lucrative offer that even many iOS users have opted for the service over Apple’s own offering. But as per a recent announcement, this particular feature will be available only until June 1st, 2021 after which all “High” quality photos will also be counted against the storage space.

This is the main reason iOS users could be considering the option of moving back to iCloud storage.

If you are one of those and wondering how to transfer Google photos to iCloud, you have opened the right article. In this tutorial, we will first tell you how to export Google Photos’ photos within a few clicks. The next phase will be to move that exported data to Apple’s iCloud service without any hiccups. So without any further ado, let’s get started.

Steps to download all Google photos in one go:

  • Visit Google Takeout (takeout.google.com) website on your desktop or mobile web browser.
  • Click the “Deselect All” option and then select Google Photos service from the list of all Google apps and services.
  • Scroll to the bottom and click the “Next” button.
  • Set your preferences for download frequency, file type, and file size.
  • Click the “Create Export” button to proceed further.
  • This will begin the process of exporting photos in your chosen file type. It will take time depending on the size of the data that you are exporting. Google will send you an email with a download link once the process is complete.

Here’s how this looks:

Steps to download select Google photos:

  • If you want to download only a few select photos, visit Google Photos (photos.google.com) website on your desktop or the app on your iOS device.
  • On a desktop, select the photos that you want to download and use the “Shift + D” keyboard shortcut to begin the download process. You can also click the three-dot icon in the top right corner to click on the Download option.
  • On the iOS app, tap and hold on a photo to get into the selection mode.
  • Choose all the photos that you would like to download and tap on the sharing icon at the top.
  • Next, tap the “Share to…” option and choose your preferred sharing destination like AirDrop and Save to Device. The latter option is meant for storing photos on your iOS device and is recommended only if you have enough storage space available.

Now that you have downloaded Google photos, it is now time to proceed to the second half of the tutorial i.e. to make them available on your iCloud storage.

Steps to transfer Google photos to iCloud:

  • Visit the iCloud (icloud.com) website and choose the Photos option.
  • Click the cloud icon in the top right corner with an upwards arrow. This is the upload option.
  • It will open a dialogue box for you to navigate your desktop’s file locations. Choose the Google Photos folder(s)/file(s) that you downloaded through Google Takeout or Google Photos website and they will start uploading.
  • If you used the iOS app to store photos locally on your iOS device, simply visit Settings->Photos to ensure that the iCloud Photos toggle is turned on. This will automatically sync your photos with the iCloud storage.