When we talk about the cloud, are we talking about one cloud, a happily married couple of clouds, or a combination of both? With so many options, it is difficult to sift through all the fud and identify which cloud solution is right for you and your business.
To be more specific, there are actually 3 major types of clouds: public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud. We’re taking a closer look at each type, their features and benefits, and how you can decide on the best one to fit you and your business needs.
Get your head in the public cloud
Public cloud services are hosted by cloud services providers. As the name suggests, the public cloud is available to the general public on the internet. In a way, the public cloud is like a bustling apartment building or complex, except without the limited storage and wall-to-wall carpeting.
With the public cloud, providers rent out space to many tenants. The third-party provider is responsible for all management and maintenance, saving companies considerable time and money.
Public cloud computing is popular for hosting everyday applications for:
- Human resources
- Customer relationship management (CRM)
- And more…
You probably use an app in the public cloud without even realizing it. Google Apps, Dropbox, Salesforce: all of these apps live in the cloud.
In the public cloud, you only pay for what you use. You can adapt seamlessly to ever-changing business needs and rapidly deploy applications. While the public cloud offers the most efficiency, you have less control. And you’re trusting a third-party provider to keep your data safe and secure.
Ensure your business data and applications are in capable hands by doing due diligence and finding the right provider. Make sure they offer cloud flexible and secure solutions that address the data security, backup and recovery, and storage needs of your business.
Put your own cloud in the sky
A private cloud solution, also known as an internal or enterprise cloud, offers a single-tenant environment. In other words, all of the hardware, data storage and servers are dedicated to your company.
There are several reasons why a business might choose a private cloud over a public cloud. A private cloud environment is only accessible by your company and allows you to:
- Ensure a higher level of security and privacy
- Maintain greater control and customize to your specific needs
- Allocate resources as you see fit
In the private cloud, what you say goes. You have total control over an environment that’s all your own. You know your data is protected and only accessible by you and your employees.
The downside? Your business is responsible for maintaining, managing and updating your environment. As your data needs increase, you’ll need to update your infrastructure and add new servers – which is expensive. And, unlike public clouds, private clouds don’t follow a pay-as-you-go model because it’s a dedicated solution.
Before implementing a private cloud solution, ensure you have IT personnel on-hand to continuously maintain your infrastructure. If your business cannot afford the experts required to implement and maintain an effective infrastructure, don’t worry. There’s still a way you can move to a private cloud. Razor Technology’s expert team can host and maintain your solution, freeing up time for your IT department to focus on vital business tasks.
Best of both worlds
The hybrid cloud combines public and private cloud resources. It allows you to strike a balance between having all cloud computing on-premises and offloading all responsibilities to a cloud services provider.
In the hybrid cloud, the public and private cloud communicate via an encrypted connection. Businesses can move workloads between the public and private cloud as business needs change.
For example, a business can store sensitive information in the private cloud, but use a cloud services provider, such as Razor Technology, to host less-critical workloads, such as application testing or software development.
If all of these options are making your head spin, Razor Technology can help you decide on the most fitting solutions for your business. Whether your data resides in the public, private or hybrid cloud, we can develop a customized solution for your unique requirements. Contact us today and learn how we can help you create, maintain and support an effective infrastructure.