IT Support for the Cloud: Private vs. Public
What is Cloud Computing?
Before we get into the differences between Private vs Public Cloud, let’s first describe what exactly Cloud Computing is. Microsoft describes Cloud Computing as “the delivery of computing services – servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and more – over the Internet (“the cloud”).” Rather than a company owning their own computing infrastructure, they can in a sense “rent” the same capabilities with less risk. Many companies offer Cloud Computing services, from Public Cloud vendors, such as Microsoft and Google; to Private Cloud vendors, such as ourselves here at Frontier Solutions, which brings up the discussion point of Private vs Public Cloud.
Public Clouds are owned and operated by third-party vendors and the hardware is shared between all businesses that are using the cloud. One of the primary benefits of Public Clouds is to pay for only the space (server resources) that you require, and this can be scaled up or down on demand. The largest down-side to this option is that companies that have strict data security governance obligations can be caught out, due to various businesses sharing one cloud solution and the increased chances of a data leak.
A Private Cloud is infrastructure that is dedicated entirely to your business – this can be hosted on-site, or in a data center. If the Private Cloud solution is managed by a service provider, it delivers the same ease of use in the sense of scalability of resources, but also incorporate higher levels of control and security, as it is a solution dedicated to your business, without the risk of another company obtaining your data in a leak or security breach. Along with this, as the private option is for your business, there is more customization that can be done to suit your specific needs.
Cloud computing ensures that your business will be ready for growth, disaster recovery, and staying up-to-date with the leading computing products. It takes away the headache of the complexity in owning IT infrastructure. When it comes to the choice between Private or Public, it really depends on what your business does – Public Cloud comes with a risk in lower security and, therefore, potential loss of confidence in your clients.
Interested in learning more? Contact us at Frontier Solutions to find out how your business can be digitally transformed into our secure Private Cloud service, where we manage and maintain everything for you – leaving you to focus on your business.