Cloud computing has long been the way of doing business. However, companies of all sizes are still only in the early stages of their journey to finding the best cloud for their business. This journey involves the constant testing, mixing, and matching of private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud functions to meet changing business goals in a cost-effective way.
Businesses realize that there is no one particular solution that immediately addresses their cloud needs. Selecting the right cloud does not happen overnight, but over time after exploring all the possibilities that impact the organization’s goals. The more important question is not which type of cloud to choose, but which type of cloud will best achieve business objectives.
Public Cloud vs. Private Cloud
Public cloud is preferred by businesses looking for a low and predictable cost of ownership. This means a shift from capital expenditure to operating expenditure that can potentially help reduce tax liability, upfront costs, and IT labor expenses. Enterprises can also decide to manage their public cloud infrastructure themselves or outsource it to a managed cloud services provider.
The most common delivery model of public cloud is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), with technical benefits such as scalability, reliability, and automated deployment. Almost all functions supported by traditional resources can be replicated in a public cloud. For example, data storage of any kind and long-term storage are public cloud benefits that can significantly lower costs. Applications that are bursty, highly seasonal, or have uncertain demand are possible candidates for public cloud hosting. The public cloud is also a good testing ground where developers can more easily spin up and down for load testing.
Private cloud is a viable option for businesses that want to hold on to certain legacy applications, such as critical bank operations and data. Applications that require dedicated infrastructure for compliance, such as HIPAA, also need to be hosted in a private cloud. Media companies that need high performance access to file systems to enable them to create or produce large video files may also consider the private cloud.
A private cloud solution can be deployed in an on-premise data center with a virtualization layer that extends from the desktop all the way to the server. Medium and large enterprises can, however, use the services of a private cloud provider to maintain the network, servers, storage, and application infrastructure.
The Double-Edged Hybrid Advantage
The hybrid cloud is especially attractive for large enterprises that want to get the best of both worlds – exploring the flexibility and scalability of the public cloud and enjoying the privacy and security of private cloud. The complex network architecture of large organizations also calls for a single platform where both public and private cloud functions as well as on-premise features can he integrated.
Security in the public cloud is still a debatable issue among big businesses that thrive on sensitive operations. Hybrid cloud is an option that can best answer their security apprehensions. They can maintain their internal IT staff to perform highly confidential and legacy applications on their legacy and private cloud infrastructure while pursuing new lines of opportunity in the public cloud.
Building, evolving, and maintaining a hybrid cloud is no small feat. A hybrid environment is only as strong as its components and the integrations that unite them – the software, the hardware, and the human factor. Contact us at Copper State Communications where our experts will help you determine the cloud that makes sense for your business.