A private cloud, also known as an internal or corporate cloud, is a cloud computing environment dedicated to a single organization. It is built and managed by the organization’s IT department or a third-party service provider and is typically located on-premises or in a data center. In a private cloud, the infrastructure and resources are exclusive to the organization, providing greater control, security, and customization options. Private clouds can be used to host sensitive or critical applications and data that require strict compliance and regulatory requirements. They offer more flexibility and customization but require upfront investments and ongoing maintenance costs.