Let's get into a really important topic.  Are you thinking public cloud or private cloud?  There are three primary forms of cloud computing. Public cloud. Private cloud. Hybrid cloud.  More importantly, Oakwood has the expertise and leadership to get you there!

What's Right For Your Business?

Depending on the type of data you store in your database and the workloads you run, you will eventually need to evaluate whether a public, private, or hybrid cloud solution is best for your business. Each form of cloud computing has varying levels of security and management required. Each comes with its own set of pros and cons.

Which one is right for you? The following is a list of must-know advantages and disadvantages of each.

Public Cloud

Public clouds are the most recognized form of cloud computing. Under this model, service providers make resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the Internet. Your data is stored in the provider’s data center and the provider is responsible for the management and maintenance of the data center.

The Pro

Public clouds operate under a pay-as-you-go model, where you pay by increments as small as by the hour. As a result, this is an economical choice if you’re spinning up and tearing down dev/test servers on an ongoing basis.

The Con

Some feel that security may be lacking in a public cloud. Although data breaches of public clouds are rare, the fact remains that you can't control the security of a public cloud. This means compliance requirements, such as PCI or SOX, are not possible in a public cloud.

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Private Cloud

A private cloud solution offers the same scalability and flexibility of a public cloud.  All of your data is stored in a pool of private and dedicated resources. That doesn't sound good, right?  This is ideal for businesses that have regulations and governance obligations.

The Pro

Private clouds offer the ability to customize the computer, storage and networking components.  Components that best suit your specific security requirements. It might come as a surprise, but this cannot be achieved in a public cloud environment.

The Con

Thinking pay as you go?  Well, private clouds cannot be delivered through a pay-as-you-go model.  You are the lone recipient of the hardware. You will lose some of the economic advantages that you would have with a public cloud option.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud allows you to combine both a public cloud with a private cloud (or dedicated hosting) and get the best of what each has to offer. The companies who opt for a hybrid cloud solution use a public cloud for non-sensitive operations, and the private cloud for business-critical operations.

The Pro

One of the main attractions to a hybrid cloud solution is the ability to migrate to a complete cloud solution as existing hardware expires. Nobody wants to waste perfectly-good infrastructure.  Makes sense, right?  It doesn't always make sense to re-invest in updated infrastructure, if, a comparable cloud solution is available.

The Con

Hybrid clouds rely on data transfer between public and private networks and ultimately, this can become a complex system architecture. This level of complexity requires a mature approach to management and maintenance that many companies are not prepared to deal with.

Next Steps

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