There is no longer any doubt that the cloud is rapidly gaining momentum in the private sector as companies try to deploy technologies capable of enhancing efficiency without dramatically increasing expenses. While many decision-makers agree that cloud computing yields a number of benefits, the extent of these advantages often corresponds to which model is chosen: public, private or hybrid.
Cost reduction is usually one of the primary drivers for companies that move to the cloud, especially in today’s economic state. However, some cloud models may deliver greater opportunity for savings than others, and decision-makers need to balance the pros and cons of each option, according to a report by Virtual-Strategy Magazine.
“A growing number of organizations worldwide are seeing the value of cloud computing as a way of increasing IT flexibility and lowering in-house infrastructure costs,” said Kyle MacDonald, cloud expert at Canonical, according to the news source. “However, achieving the right blend of security, control and cost efficiency depends on choosing the right public or private infrastructure – or the right balance of both.”
The private cloud
Security is one of the most controversial topics regarding the cloud, as many skeptics are unsure whether the hosted environment can keep confidential resources safe. For this reason, many companies responsible for managing highly sensitive information implement a private cloud structure, as IT departments can keep data and solutions within dedicated servers protected behind a specific firewall, Virtual-Strategy Magazine noted.
Furthermore, private clouds, unlike their public counterparts, only host a single tenant. As a result, decision-makers can customize the environments and even incorporate unique disaster recovery and business continuity strategies.