Should I Choose a Public, Private or Hybrid Cloud?

It’s great to see you’re thinking about a move to the cloud. We assume that’s what you’re thinking about. After all, you’re reading this blog post. Anyway, before you smash down the enter button on a cloud computing contract, you need to know about the three different types of cloud; So here is our comparison of public, private and hybrid cloud.

Each has its own unique perks, and offers something the other two don’t. You’re probably thinking, ‘which type of cloud should I use?’ So we’re going to give you a rundown of each type.

What is Public Cloud?

Using a public cloud is a bit like renting a flat. The services and infrastructure are provided to you by a third party supplier over the internet, like Microsoft Azure. However, you’re not the only one using these services. The supplier is also providing them to other companies, and you share the cloud space with them.

The pros of using a public cloud are:

  • It’s easy to collaborate with other companies as you all have access to the same space.
  • There’s no maintenance required as the provider takes care of this for you.
  • You save cash as you’re not the one running the data centre or maintaining hardware.

What is Private Cloud?

When you use a private cloud, your company gets its own network. You can choose to host it in your own data centre, or have a third party supplier host it for you. Either way, you’ll be the only one using it.

The pros of using a private cloud are:

  • It gives you complete control over your data.
  • You can customise your cloud environment to meet your specific needs.
  • There’s full access to all available cloud services.

What is Hybrid Cloud? 

If you want to combine the features of a public and private cloud, it’s worth thinking about using a hybrid cloud. You can move data and applications between the two, if you have some that are better suited in different places. You could have your emails in public and sensitive reports in private, for example.

Another thing you can do is ‘cloud burst’. This is when you start an application in private, and move it to public when then demand spikes.

The pros of using a hybrid cloud are:

  • You can maintain a private infrastructure for sensitive items.
  • You can use public cloud resources when you need them.
  • Transitioning to this cloud can be a gradual process.

Choosing a Cloud

If you’re still feeling unsure about which type of cloud is the best, we can help you out. 

Get in touch!

We can talk about your current IT setup, show you what you can do with a public private or hybrid cloud solution, and help you determine which one will work best for you. 

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