When considering infrastructure models for cloud services, there are three options: public cloud, private cloud, or a hybrid cloud computing environment. But which service adds the most value to your organization?
A private cloud hosting environment resides on your company’s intranet or hosted data center. All your data is protected behind a firewall, and all management, maintenance, and updating is the responsibility of your team.
If you already have extensive data centers, this is a fantastic option, as you can use your current infrastructure. Private cloud environment are also more secure, in general, and share fewer resources with other organizations.
Instead of being hosted on-site, a public cloud environment hosts your data in the provider’s data center. A third party is responsible for management and maintenance, and the solution is easily scalable.
A public cloud reduces time and cost when it comes to testing and deploying products, and all data remains separate from others. However, some feel less secure, as a third party provider is in control of security (though instances of security breach are rare).
Not sure if all your applications and hardware are compatible with the cloud? Do you have certain systems that need a secure environment, with others that require scalability or affordability? Hybrid cloud environments allow for integration of some cloud offerings, without completely deviating from your current private environment.
The Bottom Line
When moving to a cloud environment, fully or partially, be sure to consider all the pros and cons of private, public, and hybrid. The cloud isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution; rather, it allows for specific creation of ideal environments based on your organizational needs.