Public vs. Private Cloud

In an ongoing battle between the two primary choices of Cloud computing, it is often difficult to know which the true winner is. Whilst both have their own purpose and individual benefits – there has to be an overall winner of the two, right?

Not really. When it comes to public Cloud and private Cloud, there is no definitive winner. As with most things there are two sides to every story and so with both styles of Cloud computing there are various advantages, and disadvantages too.

Whilst public Cloud is available on demand and is suitable for most standard users, the benefits of private Cloud are that they can be adapted for larger enterprises and offer data privacy – which is essential for businesses in the legal sector in particular. Not only are they individually suitable for differing circumstances alone but when combined, to create a hybrid Cloud, they can offer both personal and business users the best of both worlds and the full Coud experience.

Why Choose Private Cloud?

Private Cloud is the perfect solution for businesses, particularly those that are required to hold data in a confidential way. By using a private Cloud solution your data will not be transcending the public internet and therefore the risk of breeches or leaks, externally, becomes obsolete.

Building a Cloud solution into your businesses infrastructure also opens up a realm of possibilities in terms of the implementation of Desktop-as-a-Service, for example, which could assist in changing the working methods of your company – increasing productivity and allowing for flexible working.

Private Clouds need to be built, and this is a benefit in the way that it is purpose made for your business – however unlike with private Cloud it means it cannot immediately be spun up. However, knowing that your Cloud solution is built and managed means that you have the added knowledge that it is being configured correctly.

The primary reason for selecting private Cloud is that it is secure, can be managed internally or by your Cloud provider and offers businesses flexibility in the way they upgrade their infrastructure.

Why Choose Public Cloud?

The more common solution, particularly used by members of the public with devices such as iPhones, is public Cloud. This is easily accessible, and can be purchased and used immediately. The primary difference between the two, however, is that public Cloud uses the internet and therefore it is not as secure or private as its private counterpart. This, therefore, may be viewed as a risk by businesses and mean that they look at other options.

Whilst public Cloud may be less work to manage, due to the “pay-per-usage” model it also means that companies do not have direct control over, or access to, the relevant machines behind the infrastructure – in direct comparison to private Cloud.

The Solution

Whilst public Cloud in itself may not be the ideal solution for businesses, it may be that a combination of the two distinct Cloud computing components could be merged to provide a hybrid Cloud solution – this makes the best of the two worlds and allows businesses to have the security and private of a private Cloud solution, alongside the public Cloud benefits too.

Of course, as with the vast majority of IT business decisions, it really depends on the aim and purpose of the implementation of Cloud to decide which solution will work best for your company.

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