The more people go on about the virtues of the cloud, the more confusing the whole discussion seems to get. The problem, I think, is how buzzword-heavy the whole conversation tends to be. Today, we’re going to see if we can’t clear the air a little.
Since these sorts of things work best if we focus on a single topic or concept, I think our best bet is to define the difference between a public cloud and a private cloud. As an added bonus, we’ll help you decide which option works best for your business.
In broad terms, a public cloud is one that’s operated by a third-party cloud provider which also provides its services to multiple businesses. Public clouds are usually ideal for small and mid-sized businesses, as they allow the quick deployment of IT resources that can be spun down the moment they’re no longer needed. There are trade-offs to this cloud model, of course.
With a public cloud, you have relatively little control over where cloud systems are located and whether or not redundancy exists. Worse still, if you choose a low-quality cloud host, you may find yourself competing for resources with that host’s other clients. Finally, where regulated industries are concerned, there may be issues with control/ownership of data.
On the other end of the spectrum, private clouds are delivered through a proprietary architecture. All the resources in private cloud infrastructure are dedicated entirely to a single organization, and may also be managed by that business, as well. Usually, private clouds are operated on hardware owned by the business that runs them – meaning they might not be a great option for smaller businesses.
The Best of Both Worlds: Hybrid Clouds
The debate between public and private clouds raged for quite a while in the cloud space…but ultimately, neither side really won out. Instead, we saw a third option rise to prominence: hybrid clouds. A hybrid hosting option combines the scalability and agility of a public cloud with the control and security of a private cloud.
In other words, it offers the best of both worlds – which is probably why the hybrid model is currently the most popular on the market.
That isn’t to say it’s the best choice for you, of course. Which cloud model you ultimately go with depends entirely on your organizational needs. And here’s where Liberty Center One comes in – give us a ring today, and we’ll help you figure things out – then provide you with the necessary infrastructure for your business.