Cloud computing comes in three main forms: private clouds, public clouds and hybrid clouds. The best option for your company will all depend on the kind of data you are working with, as each different type of cloud storage offers different level of security and management that is required. Here is an in-depth look at the three forms of cloud storage so that you can gain a better understanding of public, hybrid and private cloud services.
A public cloud is one where the infrastructure and services are provided off-site over the Internet. This cloud service offers the greatest level of efficiency in shared resources, but offer less security. You should consider hosting your data on a public cloud if:
- You want to test and develop application code
- You have Software as a Service apps from a vendor with a solid security strategy
- You need to add computer capacity for peak times
- You are collaborating on projects
- You are working on an ad-hoc software development project using a Platform as a Service offering cloud
- Your standardized workload for apps is being used by a team, such as e-mail
Warning: IT departments often show concern for using public clouds because the security and reliability are not as dependable as private or hybrid clouds. Sensitive data should be carefully monitored if hosted on a public cloud.
Private cloud services host the infrastructure and services on a private, dedicated, encrypted network. This type of cloud service offers the greatest flexibility, reliability, security and control while allowing clients to run an unlimited number of dedicated special applications. A private cloud may be the ideal option for you if:
- You value flexibility in your network
- Your business has strict security and data privacy concerns
- You have a number of custom built or self hosted applications
As the name entails, Hybrid cloud services connects cloud services that integrate particular public cloud services (such as email or ERP systems,) with private cloud to provide file and application hosting in one seamless setup. This allows businesses to keep each aspect of their work running on the most applicable platform for each business application it uses. A hybrid cloud option may work best if:
- Your business offers services that are unique to different vertical markets. You can utilize the public cloud for certain application needs and private cloud for others while integrating the two.
- You are concerned about security of one segment of data and less concerned about security on front facing applications.
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