Public Cloud vs. Private Cloud: Choosing the Right Cloud for Your Business

Public Cloud vs. Private Cloud: Choosing the Right Cloud for Your Business

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More than 80% of enterprises are now leveraging some form of cloud infrastructure. The transition into cloud computing is becoming more and more unavoidable for businesses of any size. But with so many options how do you know what type of cloud is the best fit for YOUR business? Is a private cloud the best fit? What about a public cloud? Or maybe a hybrid cloud? The options can be overwhelming, so let’s break it down…

**Moving to the cloud might be right for you if you’re looking for things such as: 24/7 technical support, predictable IT costs, assistance with data center consolidation efforts, or the ability to leverage a more efficient, high-performing technical platform.

First, let’s define the three clouds

  •  Public Cloud: The cloud infrastructure is provisioned for open, public use. It may be owned, managed, and operated by a business, academic, or government organization, or some combination of them. It exists on the premises of the cloud provider.
  •  Private Cloud: The cloud infrastructure is provisioned for exclusive use by a single organization that usually comprises multiple consumers (e.g., business units). It may be owned, managed, and operated by the organization, a third party, or some combination of them, and it may exist on or off premises.
  •  Hybrid Cloud: a cloud computing environment which uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms.

(Definitions according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology)

The basic framework for each cloud is essentially the same but there are significant differences to consider when looking at a public cloud vs. a private cloud. In simpler terms a public cloud can be accessed by anyone where actions or tasks are permitted. The construction of a public cloud shares resources such as servers, network routers and switches, storage devices, etc. Public clouds are usually considered as a commodity with pre-defined products and limited flexibility for your business. Some public cloud providers you might be most familiar with are Dropbox, Amazon, Microsoft 365, and Google.

While a private cloud possesses many of the same characteristics as a public cloud, the difference in levels of security cannot be compared. A private cloud can be utilized within your business to allow access to multiple units or through a hosting provider to assign unique access on a single user basis. Private clouds provide your business flexibility to quickly add or remove resources. Since a private cloud solution is generally built according to your businesses unique needs, pricing is generally more predictable and consistent in comparison to a public cloud. Check out some tips on cutting your IT spending.

Security is a must in business. Some businesses have stricter requirements than others, with the felxibility of a private cloud solutions can provide your business with the necessary level of security. Private clouds utilize ‘Defense in Depth strategy’- this strategy implements several levels of security among the infrastructure, network, operating system, and application.

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SPI offers your business the power of cloud computing without the headache of becoming an expert or the agony of managing yet another job. Your business has different needs from the business next door- your cloud solution is no exception. SPI’s cloud solution is built according to YOU and allows you to scale up or scale down when necessary. Simplicity is good, right? Well cloud computing provides businesses with this simplicity in the management of their technology. SPI delivers businesses their entire IT knowledge and an environment that helps you bridge the gap between previous technology and technology of the future.

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