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Which Cloud is right for your business – Public, Private or Hybrid?

With businesses increasingly investing in Cloud IT infrastructure, the pressing question has become which Cloud is best suited for your business needs?  Both the Public and Private Clouds have distinctive benefits.    

Public Cloud

Public Cloud refers to the Cloud Computing model where IT services are delivered on the Internet using a shared server.  In other words, multiple organizations share a single server. 

Highly cost effective: With the Public Cloud, there is no capital investment necessary, businesses share computing resources, and only play for the resources they require.  There are various different types of Public Cloud configurations to choose from. 

  • Utility Model: This Cloud system is based on pay-as-you-go model; you pay for the resources that you use. This is quite an economical way if you are opting for development servers on a regular basis.
  • No contracts: In the case of no contracts, you are paying by the hour, so you can simply shut it down your Cloud after certain hours of usage.
  • Shared Hardware: In the case of shared hardware, the user is like a tenant on the server and shares the same storage, network and hardware devices as other tenants on the server.

Easily scalable and accessible:  With the Public Cloud option, you do not need to purchase and operate your own servers making it easily scalable and accessible to maintain an IT infrastructure.   

No internal expertise required:  By using an external Public Cloud option, businesses do not have to hire and maintain specialized staff to manage their Cloud environment.

However, there are security drawbacks with a Public Cloud when it comes to mission critical workloads, in those cases a Private Cloud may be in order. 

Private Cloud

Private Cloud refers to the Cloud Computing model in which a server is dedicated to a single organization.  The Cloud can be hosted by a business internally, or managed externally by a managed IT services company.  If hosted by a managed IT services provider, there is the added benefit of not having to maintain the internal expertise to manage your Private Cloud environment. 

Security: A Private Cloud allows you to design network, data storage, and hardware in a way that you are ensured of security and cannot be accessed by any clients even if it is in the same data center.  It is better suited for mission critical workloads. 

Compliance: A Private Cloud is dedicated to a single client, it is easier for companies to ensure compliance, especially in highly regulated industries.

Customizable: Owning a Private Cloud server means that businesses can customize and specify network, hardware and storage performance.

There are clearly advantages and limitations to both the Public and Private Clouds, which is why increasingly businesses are opting for a Hybrid- Public/Private Cloud infrastructure.

Hybrid Cloud

A Hybrid Cloud is when you utilize a mix of Public and Private Cloud infrastructure to meet you internal business needs.  Hardware can be integrated to Private Cloud even if a dedicated server is needed in order to run a high-speed database application.  With a Hybrid Cloud, you can realize the benefits of both the Public and Private Clouds.

Flexibility:  The key benefit of a Hybrid Cloud is the flexibility to adapt to changing business needs as your business expands and adapts to new computing demands. 

Maintain security while being cost-effective:  By utilizing a Hybrid Cloud, businesses can store their most sensitive data in their Private Cloud, while taking advantage of cost savings of a shared Cloud environment for front end applications.

Cover-All will help you design and implement the best possible Cloud infrastructure for you unique business needs.  For more information, call us today at 1-833-COVER88 or visit our website at https://www.msp.cover-all.ca/cloud-services/