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Public or Private Cloud?

One of the most common debates when discussing cloud computing is what type of cloud should you use? History shows that larger companies often choose a private cloud, while smaller businesses have been more likely to choose a public cloud. Time, money and resources weigh into this decision, as they do for most decisions your business is faced with. As cloud solutions mature, more and more solutions are introduced in the market and price points shift, leveling the playing field for organizations to make a decision regardless of the size of their organization.

Private cloud resides on a company’s intranet or hosted data center, and all of your data is protected behind a firewall. This can be a great option for companies who already have expensive data centers because they can use their current infrastructure. However, a private cloud requires management, maintenance and updating of these data centers and this would be your responsibility and dime. The expense comes in as your servers will need to be replaced over time, which can get very expensive. But on the other hand, private clouds offer a higher level of security and they share very few, if any, resources with other organizations.

Public cloud takes the management of the cloud solution out of your hands. Your data is stored in the provider’s data center and they would be responsible for the management and maintenance. This type of cloud environment is appealing to many companies because it reduces lead times in testing and deploying new products. One big concern of public cloud for many organizations is that security could be lacking. Even though you don’t control the security of the public cloud, your data remains separate from others and security breaches of public clouds are very rare.

Private cloud usage has delined about 25% over the last year. This means organizations are moving to public cloud or finding a hybrid solution with both private and public. Private cloud solutions have been the norm for some time now, yet they pose a set of problems difficult to overcome. There is a scalability issue and the performance of private cloud services has proven to be quite the bottleneck. If resources cannot be accessed in a quick and convenient manner, there is no point in using a private service either. However, having said all that, there is still the issue of whether or not public cloud services can handle the load if major companies leave private cloud services behind and shift to public cloud.

Neither solution perfect, but the fact remains cloud solutions can open a lot of doors for organizations. Cloud solutions are important to keep technology modernized and streamlined. If you are considering cloud solutions, give 2W Tech a call today. We have IT Consultants on staff that specialize in cloud and managed services solutions and can help your business evaluate what would be the best direction for your company to take.

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