When the term Cloud computing was first coined it was first intended to be a model where service providers made their offerings available to people over the Internet. One such example of this are the numerous Cloud storage services available such as Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive.
With the Cloud, service providers could help companies save large amounts of money by catering to their needs without the companies having to invest in expensive and specialized equipment. Best of all those companies didn’t even need to know how to set up and maintain that equipment – the Cloud service provider does that.
Services could reach the masses much more quickly and for a fraction of the original costs.
So why Public and Private Cloud now?
Private Cloud on the other hand is what you get when a network or data centre uses cloud computing technologies, such as virtualization. Services generated are meant specifically for the organisation creating that Cloud and generally not accessible to the public.
Although Public (traditional) Cloud services offer much, Private cloud computing offers businesses more control and customization opportunities. They also boast higher than normal security levels as equipment is hosted on-premise and often guarded through both company firewalls and internal hosting.
This however requires significant capital expenditure as well as costly expertise for the operation and accountability of the Private Cloud. In essence, hosting a Private Cloud service would require basically the same levels of equipment and staffing as data centres.
Should your business move to the Cloud?
With so many companies such as Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft offering Cloud services, businesses are spoilt for choice. In fact, there is very little downside to moving onto the Cloud no matter what your business vertical is.
Aside from the services available, going for the Cloud means that you’ll never have to worry about specialized equipment ever again. As your business expands, simply scale up the level of services you need on the Cloud; it’s only a phone call away and often, immediate.
Cloud services also offer the benefits of business continuity since investing in Cloud services is essentially gaining the benefits of an entire data centre. Security and availability is always present in spades so that no matter what happens, your data remains safe.
Now that you’re aware of the benefits of Cloud services, your best bet moving forward would be integration alongside existing services and treating the Cloud as an extension of your IT department’s footprint.