If you’re considering a cloud computing solution for your organization, one of the most important and difficult decisions you’ll have will be determining where to deploy the cloud.
Cloud computing is still a relatively recent technological trend, so each deployment option has its own benefits and drawbacks. But in certain situations, the benefits can outweigh the risks. You just need to identify those situations in which you can apply the cloud to reap the maximum rewards with minimum risk.
Private Cloud Computing
To build a private cloud, companies supply their own hardware. Their data sits behind their corporate firewalls, so companies directly control and manage the amount of data exposure. When they need to scale the cloud, they just need to add another server and the architecture expands by adding performance and capacity. The cloud is typically located on-premise or within the walls of the data center provider.
Public Cloud Computing
For a public cloud, companies choose a service provider who offers a public cloud, usually available through an Internet connection. Cloud computing as a service typically costs companies a monthly usage fee per GB in addition to bandwidth charges. However, the service providers manage the infrastructure and pool resources so companies can scale on-demand, without the need to purchase hardware. As far as the security of the data, it sits in a publicly exposed cloud, so the security depends on the service provider’s level of security, precautions, and defenses. As expected, public clouds are most often located off-premise, although some companies may have an on-premise cloud.
Hybrid Cloud Computing
Hybrid clouds are a combination of private and public clouds, located both on and off-premise. Some data resides on a private cloud, while other data resides on a public cloud. Security depends on both companies’ internal security controls and those of the cloud provider.
How To Choose?
To choose which form of cloud computing is appropriate for your company, you’ll need to consider and balance a variety of factors, including:
- Initial Investment
- Amount of Data
- Longevity of Data
- Required Performance
- Access Patterns and Locations
- Security and Confidentiality
- Service Level Agreements
- In-House Technical Resources
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