Understanding the different types of Cloud and in what circumstances they can be used will enable you to pick the option that best suits your business requirement.
Public, Private, and Hybrid are the three main types of Cloud. They work on the premise that users access a combined hardware and software service in a datacentre via the internet, either with or without your onsite server.
The Public Cloud is a multi-tenant environment. This means that the platform hosts multiple clients or companies, so users are sharing the resources.
A Public Cloud solution means that you’re essentially buying a secure portion of a much larger infrastructure which is shared by lots of other companies.
Because you’re sharing, the cost tends to be more affordable. There’s greater flexibility too, so you can scale your resources quickly and easily.
Is the Public Cloud for me?
The Public Cloud has the most up-to-date technology because it’s the datacentre’s core offering to its customers. For many businesses the Public Cloud is the most cost effective way of accessing up-to-date technology. It can also handle huge amounts of data, and provides great scalability and customisation.
As an example, it might suit an organisation that sells tickets to sports or music events. These types of organisation require huge computing resources for very short periods of time. The Public Cloud is suitable for all businesses from start-ups right through to established businesses.
In contrast to the Public Cloud, the Private Cloud is a single tenant environment. This means that the computing resources – software, hardware, Virtual Machines – are exclusive to one organisation. This setup means that you know exactly where your data is stored, and you have control over that environment. This is held in the datacentre in the same way as the Public Cloud.
Is the Private Cloud for me?
Private Cloud, just by its nature, has enhanced security compared to the Public Cloud. It’s suitable for organisations that have specific security or compliance standards to meet. Organisations that deal with sensitive data would benefit from this – organisations working in finance, legal and public sectors, or healthcare for example. Using Private Cloud means that you know exactly where your data is being held, which is important for companies that need to prove data sovereignty.
Hybrid Cloud, as the name suggests, is a hybrid of computing models. It might refer to a mixture of Public or Private Cloud, but more often than not it means a mixture of Cloud-based and on-premises servers. The blend of resources means that you can meet nearly any computing requirement easily.
Is the Hybrid Cloud for me?
Hybrid Cloud excels as a method of overcoming challenges.
You might have sensitive and non-sensitive data that needs to be stored separately for example. Hybrid enables you to store your sensitive data on-premises if you wish to, and your non-sensitive data in the Cloud.
You could use it as a way of transitioning to the Cloud. You can continue using your existing on-premises servers to ensure you get the most from your investment whilst simultaneously using the Cloud.
Alternatively, if your organisation needs scalability or flexibility that a physical server can’t provide on its own, then Hybrid might be ideal for you. You might have spikes in traffic for example; you can use Hybrid to ensure you have the additional resources available to you when you need them.
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We understand that no two businesses are the same and that there are many different factors to think about when moving to a Cloud infrastructure. We can help from scoping, building, and testing, through to monitoring and management. We can ensure that you get the ideal solution for your business. Please get in touch with us to discuss your options.
Why Ilkley IT Services?
We help small and medium sized businesses who don’t have an in-house IT department maximise and maintain their business IT infrastructure.
We constantly monitor your PCs, network and other IT devices. We’ll often prevent problems from happening without users even knowing, meaning you and your staff continue to work uninterrupted.
On the rare occasions when things do go wrong we’re ready to respond quickly and efficiently. With our vast experience and investment in the best tools we are well equipped to get you back up and running in the quickest possible time.
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