By Ntiva Editorial Team on Feb 17, 2017

Private, Public or Hybrid - Which Cloud is Right for You?

Today, more businesses than ever are moving their company data to the cloud – and there are good reasons for this. Besides delivering significant cost savings, cloud solutions can stabilize your business operations as well as facilitate scale. However, it's easy to interpret that everyone is in the same big cloud. This is a huge misconception!

The cloud is not one big entity, but actually comes in different variations. The most common types are the private, public and hybrid clouds.

For the majority of non-corporate users, the type of cloud that they use doesn't matter that much.

However, for an enterprise, employing the right type can actually mean the difference between regulatory compliance and non-compliance.

What's more, by using the right cloud type, the business in question is able to gain a significant competitive edge in its industry.

Let's take a look between the different cloud types and see how each type can benefit your business setup:

Private Cloud – The Ideal Solution for Large Business

From its namesake, it is easy to guess that this type of cloud provides more confidentiality and control to its users.

A private cloud utilizes infrastructure that is hosted on the internal network of a company instead of using storage resources in a shared server. Because the company pays for such a private cloud, it enjoys the highest level of cloud security, since the company has absolute control over the server.

The private clouds can also be kept away from the rest of the Internet and they experience minimal risks in terms of users making critical security errors, which are prone to happen on shared servers.

However, just like you would expect private tours to cost more than public group tours, running private clouds require huge infrastructure investments.

That's why private clouds are more commonly utilized by large business organizations instead of small businesses.

Public Cloud – An Accessible Cloud Solution for Small Business

Most businesses today use public clouds.

In fact, the public cloud is the traditional model for cloud computing – storage space is sold usually as a monthly or annual service by third party providers to businesses from different niches.

This also means a business that utilizes a public cloud has no ownership of the cloud infrastructure.

Because different businesses are coming together to pay the third party provider for the cloud storage usage, it is clear that the costs incurred will be much less than those incurred for private clouds or hybrid clouds.

Any type of small business will find it very easy to access the public cloud for data storage purposes. Of course, the trade-off here is a limited control over the cloud security.

For most large businesses, it doesn't make sense to use public clouds, as this type of cloud does not allow customization of cloud resources which are often needed by large corporations.

Hybrid Cloud – A Solution to Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds

Today more than ever, growing businesses are turning to hybrid clouds as a cloud computing solution.

This is because hybrid clouds don't demand the huge investment costs that private clouds require, yet they can offer the security level of the private clouds for data resources parked there.

In the hybrid model, some services are kept on a private cloud and other services are sent to the public cloud.

The best types of businesses to tap on hybrids include accounting firms, medical providers and legal agencies.

Such businesses can park confidential client information on their private servers, while forwarding the rest of their data to the public clouds.  

Businesses using hybrid cloud setups have to pay more costs than those using the public clouds, but enjoy a higher security level when it comes to storing their sensitive data.

What Does Choosing The Right Cloud Type Mean?

Different cloud types offer various features when it comes to network infrastructure ownership, incurred costs, security risks and how the data is stored.

When your business chooses the right cloud type, it can enhance core IT processes, boost business operational efficiencies and offer manageable costs for your business size.

If you want to know more about utilizing the cloud, contact us and we'll help you determine the right cloud solution for your business!