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Private vs. Public vs. Hybrid Cloud Computing Services

Posted by QuoteColo on June 02, 2017 - Updated on May 02, 2017

Just about every company these days has either moved to the cloud or is in the process of doing so. If you fall into the latter category, you should know what your three main options are before pulling the trigger.

Public Clouds

A public cloud provides the services and infrastructure offsite over the Internet. In terms of shared resources, public clouds offer the most efficient option. At the same time, though, they face much greater risks than private clouds.

This is why, more and more, IT department executives simply refuse to use them. Their questionable security and reliability can make them impossible considerations in the modern world, when it seems like companies are successfully hacked at least once a week.

Still, there are a number of reasons companies all over the world still use public hosting options. Some of these include companies that:

  • Have standard workloads for applications that are accessed by lots of people (e.g. email)
  • Need to regularly test and develop application codes
  • Use software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications from vendors that have well-implemented security strategies
  • Need incremental capacity that allows them to add computers to their systems during peak times
  • Do a lot of collaboration projects
  • Do ad-hoc software development projects using PaaS (platform-as-a-service) that offers the cloud

Of course, if you’re just looking to save money, the public cloud may make a lot of sense.

Private Clouds

Private clouds are those that rely on a private network for maintaining services and infrastructure. They offer the highest level of security and control. However, private clouds also require that you buy and maintain the entire infrastructure, including software, which will most likely reduce your overall savings.

Still, if you place a premium on security, private clouds make the most sense. They’re also good for companies that:

  • Sell data and applications
  • Are in an industries where strict data privacy and security issues are requirements (often by law)
  • Are so large they use next-generation cloud data centers efficiently all on their own
  • Can’t afford to risk inheriting problems from other companies using their same servers

Private cloud computing is growing in popularity. While public options may still be the most popular, expect the price for private cloud computing to continue to drop as the demand for it rises.

One sign of this we’re seeing is the blurred line between these last two options. Some public cloud providers are now offering private options on their public clouds, for example. At the same time, some that offer private cloud applications are now providing pubic versions that carry the same capabilities.

Hybrid Clouds

As the name suggest, hybrid clouds combine a variety of private and public options. In other words, you can spread out every aspect of your company over these two versions in the most efficient way possible.

While that’s definitely a benefit, the downside is that you need to stay on top of numerous security platforms and make sure that every aspect of your business is able to effectively communicate with others.

If your company falls into any of the following, hybrids may make sense:

  • You want to use SaaS applications but are worried about security. Hybrids can allow you a private cloud exclusively for your organization behind their firewall.
  • You offer services that are customized for different vertical markets. You can utilize a public cloud to interact with your customers, yet keep data safe and sound with a private cloud.

There’s no right answer for which of the above options will be best for your company. While the above information should help you better understand what’s available, you’ll ultimately need to make the final decision for yourself.

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