Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services, infrastructure and resources via the internet, with deployment options including public, private and hybrid cloud.
What is a Public Cloud
Public clouds are the most common when it comes to setting up cloud computing. The cloud resources, such as servers and storage, are owned and operated by a third-party cloud service provider, which is then delivered via the internet.
All hardware, supporting infrastructure and software is owned and managed by the cloud provider as, in a public cloud, all hardware, storage and network devices are shared with other organisations aka cloud tenants.
Public cloud services are frequently accessed via a web browser and most commonly provide web-based mail, online office applications, storage and testing and development environments.
Public cloud advantages include:
- Lower costs – due to not being required to purchase hardware or software
- No maintenance as the service provider is responsible for maintenance
- Close to unlimited scalability
- Increased reliability
A private cloud is comprised of computing resources used exclusively by a single business or organisation. Private Cloud is a secure and high performance solution available for businesses seeking the added resilience of having their infrastructure, servers and storage housed within a secure data centre environment. We discovered that many businesses prefer not to operate in a multi-tenant and public cloud environment because of internal policies, industry compliance legislation or just personal preference.
The infrastructure and services in a private cloud are always maintained on a private network where the hardware and software is specifically dedicated to a single organisation and a single organisation only. This allows organisations to tailor their resources to meet their exact requirements.
Private clouds are most commonly utilised by organisations with business-critical operations who seek a greater level of control over their environment.
Private cloud advantages include:
- Greater security
- Increased flexibility
- High levels of customisation
- Increased scalability
- Greater efficiency
Hybrid clouds offer a combination of on-premise infrastructure with cloud based services in order to maximise the benefits of both solutions.
A complete cloud solution isn’t always the right solution for all businesses as there can be limiting factors, such as poor internet access that limit the benefits of moving all your IT infrastructure and applications to the cloud.
Hybrid cloud solutions are tailored to provide you with the best of both worlds. Experience the benefit of on premise IT resources whilst still maintaining some of the benefits of a full cloud solution such as anywhere access, full redundancy and disaster recovery
Hybrid cloud advantages include:
- Easy transition
All 3 methods for deployment provide similar benefits, which include:
Learn more about eStorm’s Hybrid Cloud solutions and why a complete cloud solution isn’t right for all businesses.
Still not sure which is the right solution for you? Or perhaps you’re undertaking some cloud changes and could use some guidance to be certain you’re making the right decision – you can learn more with eStorm’s Cloud Consulting services. If you’d like any further information please contact us on (07) 3120 0640 or email us at any time [email protected]