Why use the cloud?
There are several benefits in using the cloud that will deliver value for almost any business.
In general, the cloud delivers many infrastructure advantages for businesses that want to control costs and manage change. You can reduce the amount of hardware your office needs to stay operational, ultimately spending fewer man-hours maintaining a local server. Scalability is an advantage, with the ability to upgrade or downgrade resources on demand. And you only pay for the server space you need.
Additionally, the cloud is secure. Servers that make up the cloud are housed in a highly secure, disaster-proof environment. Servers that make up “the cloud” are housed in a data center facility managed by IT experts ensuring they remain operational 24/7.
While the overall benefits are great, different cloud solutions work better for different businesses depending on day-to-day operational needs.
Using a public cloud means that you share a physical server with other businesses. This physical server is partitioned into multiple, separate servers. Now, this doesn’t mean that you can access another company’s data and vice-versa. The server assigned to your business is only accessible by you and your team. But you are sharing the hardware with multiple businesses.
If your business must follow a multitude of rigid compliance standards, this might not be the best option. For businesses that do not have extremely strict security standards or regulations to adhere to, the public cloud is a viable, cost-effective choice.
With a private cloud, your server is used ONLY for your business. It can be housed in a data center outside of your office or locally. Either way, it is entirely dedicated to your data and applications.
A private cloud allows for custom configurations and peace of mind knowing that only you and your team use that physical server and have control of its operation, access, and maintenance. Businesses that have strict compliance standards (government contractors and healthcare practices) are likely to use this type of cloud solution.