When you decide to move your business in the cloud, you need to decide what type of cloud you want to store your data on. Before you select your cloud, you should research the benefits of what each cloud offers to ensure you pick the best cloud that meets your enterprise needs. Below is a guide on the different types of clouds available.
The public cloud offers an on-demand service where you store your data in a public cloud. This means you use the resources of an off-site cloud provider. Fees are structured on a pay-per use-basis and the software is bundled as pay-per-use. You do not have the start up capital costs such as computer hardware.
With a public cloud provider, you will benefit from the cloud provider’s support staff and security. There are enterprise cloud providers that offer advanced firewalls, load balancers, and VLAN support, which provides even better security. You will be provided with a ready-to-be deployed cloud with complete reliability and scalability.
A private Cloud involves a cloud that is managed and owned by the client and not the cloud provider. The cloud infrastructure is stored in the business data center. Companies will choose a private cloud if they have restrictions that does bot permit them to be on a public cloud. More companies are choosing the private cloud as they have more control over the infrastructure and they like maintaining their data on their own premises. Not only do they like having more control, they also feel they have control over compliance. Costs are a bit higher than a public cloud. The company’s IT team will be involved with managing the infrastructure, backup, and security. Costs are usually higher than choosing a public cloud.
The hybrid offers internal and external cloud solutions. Companies can choose to maintain store some information in-house, and use public cloud for less important data. Most hybrids use physical database servers and virtual front end servers. Companies with existing large infrastructure will benefit from a hybrid cloud and can reduce costs through the addition of virtualization. They have to create, implement, and manage the virtual network as well as existing infrastructure.
To select the best cloud for you, you have to determine your enterprise needs and your budget. All three types of cloud offer many benefits which is why cloud computing is the wave of the future.