Private Cloud vs Public Clouds
So cloud computing is getting the thumbs up for businesses. In fact, thanks to its potential for growth and money-saving benefits, cloud technology is proving very popular indeed. But now, it’s being endorsed, it’s time for the next stage in the cloud debate: private or public.
And it’s a pretty important question. That’s because the choice of cloud could have implications far beyond a CEOs choice. From infrastructure to security and functionality, there’s plenty at stake with the decision. And in order to match up a business with the best cloud strategy, it helps to understand not just what each one has to offer, but also the differences between them.
Public clouds are highly standardised, offering virtually no customisation and work as a self-service device in the sense that you can use them at will. The mechanics behind this set-up means data has no physical location; instead it lives on shared server space, often divided up between several different clients whether on a business level or personal. And it’s thanks to this sharing, also called co-location, that public clouds offer lower costs. This can depend on how much space is used, in a pay-per-use model, making it an affordable choice for everyone. And in fact, in some cases, public clouds can even be free. Yes, free and really consider this: what else can you get for free these days? This goes some way to explaining the public cloud popularity.
And then there’s the private cloud services. In a business environment, for instance, private cloud usage is kept out of the public domain, reserved for employee-use at work. And some would argue that the internal aspect affords greater security. It’s a big plus for businesses because a private cloud isn’t open to the public. Then there’s the question of customisation. Whilst public cloud services don’t tend to offer this, private versions do. This, in turn, means there’s more flexibility for businesses because it can be tailored to clients demands which greats a greater level of synergy between departments.
In reality, some big businesses are holding back when it comes to the public cloud option, citing concerns over security as a major factor. But others report that concerns over security are both unfounded and exaggerated. Indeed some industry experts say that there are always risks involved whether it be with private cloud or public cloud; it’s just that the risks are different.
So imagine combining the benefits of a private cloud with the price tag of a public one? Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not, thanks to the private cloud service offered by British company, Memset. Over the past eight years, the company, founded by Kate Craig-Wood, has worked hard to establish an affordable private cloud alternative for businesses. And now, thanks to its use of Open Source technologies and bespoke software, it’s a reality, meaning companies can progress and grow with the latest IT solutions without breaking the bank.
About The Author
Ben Jones is a tech writer, particularly interested in how technology can help businesses large and small. He’s been assisting businesses in setting up cloud based IT services to a number of businesses around the south of England.