Types of Cloud Computing: Which one is right for you?

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  • February 11, 2016

Cloud computing has become a norm for most companies, large and small. Currently, cloud computing is used by individuals and businesses to meet various needs such as data storage, data backup and data security. Depending on the type of data a company is working with, they can implement various cloud solutions. For example, not all of a company’s information might be stored on the cloud, or at least not on the same cloud. Cloud Computing comes in three forms: Public, Private and Hybrid.

Public Cloud

Public cloud solutions are the most common for the majority of casual internet users and small companies like start-ups. These solutions provide a pool of shared resources that can be accessed via secure Internet connection. Broadly speaking, this is a network that is open for public use. There are several well-known providers of these types of cloud services including data storage services like Dropbox and multi-use platforms like Google. This is a good option when you have data that does not require a high level of security and are looking for a free or inexpensive solution.

Private Cloud

A company can build a privately owned cloud infrastructure, typically stored in a data center. This is an option for a single organization to share and access data. Only individuals with the necessary credentials are able to access the data stored in this type of cloud environment. It offers the greatest level of security and control and is especially useful for businesses who need to protect sensitive industry or client data. One consideration for this type of solution is cost.  Purchasing and maintaining infrastructure and hardware can be expensive. Typically the best way to go about implementing a private cloud environment is to work with a Managed Service Provider who already owns the required infrastructure and who can set everything up according to your company’s unique needs.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud is where data is stored on multiple of private and public clouds. Enterprises can operate on an internally managed private cloud and rely on public cloud services for special functions or for handling tasks that do not require a high level of security.

It is important to do your research when determining which type of cloud solution is best for you. Working with a Managed Service Provider who specializes in cloud computing is a great way to ensure that you are getting a solution based on your unique business needs.

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