Private, Public or Hybrid Cloud, Which Cloud is Right for Your Business?

For most, the cloud is that undefined landscape ‘up there’. That nebulous infinity to which we confidently send our photos, our music, our documents – everything pertaining to the personal data we gather daily. It’s technology that still gives us a real kick – no hardware, no cables, everything’s in one place, a tap or a click away, and with potential for unlimited storage, too. Wonders never cease.

For those seeking cloud computing treatment for business, though, it’s a matter a little more serious.

With the immense convenience that comes with cloud computing, there comes matters of security, capacity, features, and solutions. Depending on your specifications, it’s infinitely possible for you to tailor-make a cloud computing infrastructure that puts you in control of your business’s greatest asset – its data. And with a cloud computing that’s correctly configured, you get day-to-day storage convenience, seamless remote-working capabilities, data management that can be done from anywhere in the world, and overall stabilization of business operations – yes, the computing cloud is as ethereal and timeless as its vaporous, natural namesake.

So, let’s detail some options in cloud services here, and pin down the one that’ll optimize your business processes.

What are the Different Cloud Services for Business?

Although not entirely novel, the cloud computing innovation still commands some serious numbers in exponential growth.

This, as more and more businesses realize the potency and power of a deftly implemented cloud architecture.

Your business has specifications and unique needs, though. So, let’s look at the three cloud computing options, their features and foibles, and how best to pick for your particular requirements.

Private Cloud for Business

As the name states, this is cloud computing that gives a business exclusivity of control – all services and its infrastructure are maintained on a private network. That network is assigned to your organization, alone.

This is then the ideal option for businesses that require top-level security for their data, like those in the financial space, or those with operations demanding the lockdown of information with high sensitivity.

Basically, this is a cloud computing option that allows for unbridled control of an organization’s data hub.

Advantage

The main advantage to the private cloud for business option is the unbridled security – your data is kept privately yours, on a hub dedicated to your business, and accessible through software properties designated directly to your organization.

With this high-level of security, you also get inimitable scalability – your business day-to-day isn’t interrupted because of security and data protection concerns, meaning seamlessness between privacy and all other operational directives.

Disadvantage

One or two disadvantages do come with the private option – mostly within accessibility.

Higher security could mean a limitation in accessibility, particularly when it comes to mobile touchpoints. This roadblock, though, should be overlooked – the point to a private cloud computing network, after all, is largely to increase that assurance of data breach prevention.

Lastly, because of its higher security directive, private cloud may demand more resources deployed to maintain and monitor. This incurs more costs and so this option is the pricier of the three.

Public Cloud for Business

The public cloud option is often billed as the most commonly utilized, because of the ease of implementation and the range of options in its infrastructural offering.

With the public cloud, your business shares a cloud architecture with other businesses. So, the network, the storage hub and often, hardware like servers, become part of almost a tenant-like agreement. You’re the ‘tenant’ in a space owned by a cloud service provider who assigns you specific access to your data, most often through a web browser.

Advantage

The public cloud, because of its very nature, is a highly cost-effective and scalable option, giving affordable access to an established cloud structure, and with continuous back-up and recovery guarantees.

What’s often forgotten, though, is its offering of all the most relevant cloud technologies, baked in and complimentary. These include the guarantee of end-to-end encryption – 256-bit, TwoFish, and even Triple DES, not to mention multi-level access-controlled data centers, and annual SSAE 16 Type 2 data audits, thrown in. These are features you’ll otherwise have to employ professionals to build, in private cloud situations.

With the public cloud option, there’s no need for a particular investment in cloud setup, it being already established, and there are fewer requirements in internal cloud management capabilities – all of this is overseen and maintained by the cloud service provider.

Disadvantage

Opposite to the impervious private option, public cloud computing is shared with other cloud occupiers on the hub, making for a small lack in security. So, depending on the nature of your business, and the data protection you require, you may need to keep this point in mind.

Somewhat aligning to the above, is the point of cloud visibility and control. With the property being owned by a service provider, and you essentially being a ‘tenant’, the control you have will be limited to what the provider has offered you, as package. For most businesses, visibility and control is specific, and limited according to specifications and, again, the nature of the business. If, however, you need more control, the public cloud computing offering may leave you wanting.

Hybrid Cloud for Business

This option is the hybridization – or consolidation – of both the private and public cloud for business features and elements. Applications within your organization, and the well of data you gather, is assigned equal resources from the best of both worlds.

Advantage

This option blends both the features and technological innovation of a public cloud offering, with the high visibility of control of a private, all the while keeping your data more secure, and less accessible to third party involvement.

What’s more, the hybrid solution is one that offers inimitable reliability. Because it bridges the chasm between the two, and then spans each option’s most relevant features, the possibility of data breach is satisfyingly low.

Disadvantage

Hybridization can often bring obfuscation in what it is your business may be benefiting from, and the incurred costs.

The hybrid solution will allow you to manage both highly sensitive, and non-sensitive data, but is still an option more feasible for businesses that rely on the protection of the former. And so, because of this – regardless of the fact that it does offer options in public cloud innovation – it comes at a higher cost.

Additionally, because of the expanse between the public and private, it opens cloud involvement to increased complications of operation – basically, an increase in chance of breach. This could then incur fees of recovery and a need for the implementation of additional management expertise.

Whatever your cloud computing vision, you have choice in the implementation and customization of features both public and private, along with a hybrid merging of both. The cloud industry is becoming more vital in the business sphere of now, with some projecting a multi-billion dollar reach by 2023 (multi-billion dollar reach by 2023, and with data becoming worth its weight in gold, every organization should have its head in the cloud, so to speak. While the intricacies could become muddled, Tru Technical Partners can help give your cloud capabilities a silver lining.

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