Public, private, or hybrid cloud computing is becoming an increasingly integral part of many companies’ business and technology strategy.
According to a recent survey commissioned by the Cloud Industry Forum more than four in five UK organisations have formally adopted at least one cloud service.
Today 84% of companies have either hosted or cloud based services in use and it’s easy to see why.
Switching from a traditional model to a cloud solution dramatically reduces the capital expenditure required for IT going forward because it eliminates the costs associated with buying, upgrading and maintaining hardware; it’s essentially moving to a ‘monthly rental’ model where all of this is taken care of by the cloud provider.
What cloud solution is right for your business?
There are three different ways to deploy cloud computing services: public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud.
Here, we want to help you understand the cloud options available to you and the key differences between them.
The solution that provides the best fit for you will be the one that best supports your business strategy. What’s the right solution for your business?
What is Cloud computing?
You are probably using cloud computing right now, even if you don’t realise it.
Have you ever used Drop Box or Google Drive to store and edit documents?
If you listen to music or store pictures online, it’s likely that cloud computing is making it all possible behind the scenes.
Cloud computing is a general term for storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of via a physical server on site.
Cloud computing allows you to access the same applications through the internet from any location at any time.
A wide variety of organisations – from tiny start-ups to large enterprises, from government agencies to non-profits – are embracing the technology.
Not all clouds are the same. There are three different ways to deploy cloud computing: public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud.
Public clouds are owned and operated by a third-party cloud service provider, which delivers computing services such as Microsoft Office and storage over the Internet.
Office 365 is an example of a public cloud service. With a public cloud, all hardware, software and other supporting infrastructure are owned and managed by the cloud provider.
This type of cloud environment is appealing to many companies because it reduces lead times in testing and deploying new products.
You access these services and manage your account using a web browser.
When should you look to the public cloud?
A hardware refresh presents the opportunity to consider cloud solutions.
Balancing compliance requirements with your business objectives has become a challenge.
Your company is planning to migrate its internal data center to the cloud to reduce IT expenses.
A private cloud refers to cloud computing services used exclusively by a single business, which is physically located on the company’s on-site server or hosted in a secure data centre.
A private cloud is one in which the services and infrastructure are maintained on a private network, whereby data remains in a physically separate platform.
Compliance is also a driving factor in the adoption of the private cloud as it offers a cost-effective, streamlined and secure option for housing your company’s data.
A cloud of your own delivers maximum control and performance.
- Security of your data is a vital priority.
- Your small IT staff needs to do more with less.
- You have government or industry regulations that require a separate environment.
Hybrid clouds combine public and private clouds, bound together by technology that allows data and applications to be shared between them.
By allowing data and applications to move between private and public clouds, hybrid cloud gives businesses greater flexibility and more deployment options.
You have some applications or hardware that are not ready for the cloud
You need to leverage some of your systems in a secure environment
Plans are to migrate to a complete cloud solution as existing hardware expires
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