The Choice between Public, Private or Other Clouds

Technology is the present and future for businesses. The introduction of faster and more user-friendly applications can only improve a company’s appearance and operation. Merriam Webster defines cloud computing as “the practice of storing regularly used computer data on multiple servers that can be accessed through the Internet.” It’s no secret that the Internet is the tool that has significantly increased our ability to streamline our network processes, while maintaining data security in the invisible space called the Cloud.

The decision remains about which type of Cloud will best suit your business needs and fit into your strategic goals.

The Public Cloud is a multi-tenant environment, which essentially means that you buy a “server-slice” of the cloud in which your business networks will operate. An advantage of sharing this space with other clients is economies of scale because infrastructure costs are spread across all users. There is no need to invest in building a data center, so your company saves money to invest in other ventures.

However, shared environments aren’t appropriate for businesses who are concerned about security; using the same space as other businesses dramatically decreases security. In addition, compliance requirements (PCI or HIPPA) are not often met for the same reason.

Examples of Public Cloud providers are Gmail, Office 365, and Dropbox.

The Private Cloud is implemented inside of a single corporation and secured behind a firewall. Private Clouds offer many advantages to their users including direct control over the network environment and a higher level of privacy. There is no compromising of security policies because the Cloud is not shared between multiple businesses. The Private Cloud is also 100% customizable to your company’s needs as it is located within your building and your IT department is in complete control.

Traditional private clouds have a major drawback- all management, maintenance and updating of data centers is completely the company’s responsibility. In-house IT staff must purchase and operate all of the network infrastructure.

There is another Cloud available for businesses which highlights the best features from both public and private clouds: the Custom Cloud. This Cloud provides scalability options and data is collocated in a third-party data center behind a secure firewall. Cloud experts work directly with your IT team to make the Cloud environment whatever your company needs it to be.

Security is assured due to the dedication to only your company and there is improved reliability because the network is hosted and supported by a team of Cloud technology professionals. Advantages of choosing a Custom Cloud include reduced spending on technology infrastructure (no need to build a data center) and continuous maintenance and monitoring for projects.

Why choose Public or Private when you could get the best of both worlds? Choose Custom.