Public, Private, or Hybrid? Choosing the right cloud solution
It’s no big secret that cloud computing is slowly dictating the way IT companies work and manage their applications and infrastructure. The advantages of migrating resources and assets to the cloud are numerous, from cost benefits to process optimisation. However, simply saying you want to “move your stuff to the cloud” is not going to cut it. Businesses have to determine which type of cloud hosting solution—public, private, or hybrid—best suits their need.
This is what most people refer to when they say “cloud”. In a public cloud, multiple users are connected to a common cloud and pay only for the resources their applications utilize. This pay-per-use model is recommended for people who run SMEs with standard web tools like email, CRM, HR and expense management software, etc. Some might consider this a short-term option, considering the fact that (a) the public cloud is relatively less secure than a private cloud and (b) the fixed architecture provides little wiggle room for large-scale growth. Of course, if your business is growing at the rate at which a public cloud’s shared resources cannot suffice, it’s time you considered option 2, which is…
Unlike the public cloud, a private cloud’s resources are only shared with a single end user. This of course makes private cloud a much more expensive option. However, their value is in the high levels of security and stability that public clouds cannot match. Unlike public cloud, private cloud can also be managed internally, giving you greater control over the platform and its resources. Private clouds are a must for businesses that (a) value the security of their data and applications above all else and (b) have to strictly adhere to regulatory guidelines. On the flip side, private clouds are generally extremely expensive and outside the budget for most SMEs. Sometimes organizations may require the control offered by a private cloud along with the scalability of a public cloud. That’s when we turn to the…
Imagine having your own little private cloud that has the resources perfect for running your business’s applications. But unlike a standard private cloud offering, this one can scale its resources by utilizing the shared resources of a public cloud when your application’s demand spikes. This is what we call a hybrid cloud solution. Hybrid clouds offer the encapsulation and control of a private cloud along with the scalability of a public cloud. While this might seem like an ideal solution, there are a few drawbacks. Despite its benefits, hybrid cloud can present technical, business and management challenges. Applications by SaaS/PaaS providers in the public cloud domain may require access to data in the private cloud, which can lead to API compatibility and network connectivity issues. The hybrid cloud is an ideal solution for businesses that see regular spikes in traffic, for example, ecommerce sites that conduct multiple flash sales.
So before you decide on the kind of cloud you need, ask yourself these questions:
- Is my business based around heavy data mining? A hybrid cloud environment will allow you to store your data on the private cloud and run analytic queries in the public cloud.
- Does my website have consistent or gradually scaling traffic? If so, consider opting for a private cloud. This way, you get to better manage your applications and their environment.
- Is testing applications my primary objective? Get a public cloud.
- Am I using a SaaS provider? Get a public cloud if you trust their security protocols, or opt for a hybrid cloud and keep their application on the private domain.
These are just a few points. You can always get in touch with our friendly support staff if you have any questions regarding which type of cloud solution is best for you.