As businesses and organizations continue to say a large, resounding, “YES!” to cloud computing, there is one debate that continues to reveal split opinions. When the question, “Should my company use a private or public cloud?” is asked, you should expect to receive various, and possibly heated, responses.
So what does “private” even mean?
Let’s start with the private cloud. It is a single-tenant environment, meaning that the resources are all dedicated to one organization. This is where the “private” comes from – the company will be using an unshared resource. This solution is very customizable and leaves control in the hands of the organization. With this model, there will most likely be more demand on the cloud provider’s resources and management needs, especially when you consider the need for purchasing, housing, updating, maintaining and monitoring the infrastructure. This can prove to be quite pricey in some cases, as new equipment, capacity and IT training may be necessary. The ownership and accessibility of a private cloud is seen by many organizations as more stable and secure, creating a greater sense of control in businesses considering their options, though many companies falsely believe that “private” refers to better security. The quality of security depends entirely on the ability to stay on top of industry changes and issues with the existing infrastructure.
Now what about the public cloud?
The public cloud, in contrast to private, refers to a multi-tenant environment with access that is offered by a vendor via the Internet. An organization purchases a slice in the cloud environment loaf that is shared by various other companies. Businesses use resources and infrastructure that is owned by the cloud vendor. Public clouds can also provide availability and scalability, allowing companies to make decisions based on their goals and needs, rather than on existing IT conditions. Moving an organization to the public cloud saves money and time by relieving a business of the responsibilities of software licensing, deployment and continuous updates.
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Ultimately, the decision depends on what your organization is comfortable with and prepared for. Ask yourself: What things are most valuable to my business? What types of regulations must we comply with? Are we large or small? Are our users internal or external? These are all important considerations when deciding to go with a private or public cloud. Luckily, RapidScale’s cloud solutions are easily customizable for all business needs. Our trustworthy and reliable team can make anything happen, whether you are looking for a private, public or hybrid solution. And better yet, we leave the ownership in your hands, no matter what. We won’t have access to your important data, and we care enough to keep it safe. With your custom cloud from RapidScale, you’ll experience the perfect solution.