Posted by:Richard Smith January 26th, 2015

Ok! You know that the Cloud is important! So,should you just go ahead and talk to a service provider? Wait ! Not yet !

While deciding a cloud platform for your development, storage, processing or transactional needs, it is very important to know which platform you would be deploying it on. Broadly we can divide cloud infrastructure into three groups based on accessibility. The Public cloud, Private and Hybrid Cloud.

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Public cloud:

The most important of them all and the one most widely used by both thriving startups and established enterprises. As the name suggests, this deployment model is based on the age old concept of sharing the infrastructure and reducing costs. Wondering how this will help you? Well it is very simple, say you want to ride a Bugatti to impress someone but oh well you don’t want to buy that (very expensive!) What you do? You will go to a car rental service.

This concept of using the infrastructure only when you need is what makes the public cloud a huge success. The famous quote of turning your capital expenditure into operational expenditure comes here. This models works for businesses of all sizes as they look at cutting their costs.

Another major advantage of the public cloud is the simplicity involved in the public cloud platform while deploying. Amazon Web Service which is a pioneer in this area provides the cloud platform based upon the self-service model. They just prepare the dish, how much you serve yourself is based on your appetite.

Along with this, the ease of scalability, which means that you can increase the number of servers or virtual machines anytime, is also a great advantage.

Security Threat:

Low cost, easy installation and other advantages make the public cloud something you will find hard to say no to. But that being said, it has its own shortcomings and the biggest of them all is that of security. There have been numerous incidents of public cloud accounts having been hacked and misused. However, a lot of advancements have been made in data security. But the reduced costs vs risk of a data breach is a choice very business will have to make carefully.

Private cloud:

Yes,you are right. This is absolutely your cloud .The major difference between public and private cloud is that of discretion. Here infrastructure networking is operated solely for a single organization. Here you can setup your own standards for systematic access control and data security standards. This not only reduces data security threat to a great extent but makes the cloud operate with much more efficiency. Here you can provide access with private networks and only to the service providers. On your premises cloud infrastructure installation is also feasible making this a highly secure platform.

One more reason to go private is that of the vast customized infrastructure requirement which varies for different projects. Private cloud can be varied in accordance with the requirement. Since the entire resource is not shared with any other business, a lot of ata breaches can be avoided.

If stringent data security and a customized platform are your needs, then this is the right one for you !

The Hybrid Cloud:

Today businesses have complex needs. The supply chain, stakeholders, customers and workers need the ability to access data as and when required. This creates huge challenge for businesses on what can be shared, with whom and how much. This is where private and public partnership or hybrid comes into the picture. The data you want to share among public (customer, third party supply chain etc.) and the private company data can be separated and shared accordingly.

Another way the hybrid cloud can be used is through is through cloud bursting.

Cloud bursting

This is a technology in the hybrid cloud where your enterprise can use public cloud when there is a sudden requirement or operations need to scale rapidly. This can be a great cost saving measure, since you will need to pay only when you use it. This facility is a great advantage for organizations with limited budgets.

Which approach will suit your business needs? I would like to hear from you.

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