How To Choose Between Public, Private, or Hybrid Clouds

    August 14, 2017

    By Sungard AS

    Choosing the right cloud solution for your business is crucial to ensuring that you have the right level of computing support and security to meet the needs of your company. From the pay-as-you-go, shared environment of the public cloud to the more customisable, dedicated infrastructure of private cloud computing or a hybrid solution that combines the benefits of cloud architecture with your existing legacy IT, the options available for your business vary widely and it is important to consider what will work best for you. What is right for one company is not always right for another. It is critical to compare the key functions of public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions to help you make the decision that is right for your company.

    What are the differences?

    Small businesses or start-ups may benefit from looking at public cloud solutions for their computing needs. The affordable, pay-as-you-go services on offer from public cloud providers allow companies who are still growing their infrastructure to only pay for what they are using and easily scale up or down their server usage according to demand.

    By buying into a shared infrastructure that is maintained by a third party, businesses do not need to make an upfront hardware investment, saving them money and configuration time. The flexibility of this service accounts for fluctuating or unpredictable IT needs, something that is more likely to affect newer companies.

    These benefits also make the public cloud and ideal place for larger companies to test their development sites. However for these bigger corporations, investing more in a private cloud network, where all systems are run from a dedicated server, allows for total control over their application management and data security, meaning that performance and demand can be monitored and optimised specifically for their needs.

    This makes private cloud computing ideal for businesses working with sensitive data that must be protected in line with data compliancy regulations, or requires a higher level of computing customisation.

    The more complex hybrid cloud solution allows businesses the greatest amount of customisation when it comes to their IT services. By making the most of a company's existing resources and infrastructure and adding the benefits of cloud services where needed, businesses can create a computing solution that can be configured to meet almost any set of individual requirements.

    Although this comes at a higher cost, it is perfect for companies who already have legacy systems in place and have the personnel and resources to move between multiple operations according to their needs.

    Cloud considerations

    Before you opt for a cloud solution it is important to take the following concerns into consideration and how they affect the functionality of your business:

    • Cost
    • Security
    • Flexibility and scalability
    • Performance
    • Control

    Remember that cloud computing is not a one-size-fits-all solution and the implications of following suit and choosing the wrong option could backfire, affecting your security and performance, so take the time to research the cloud options and get in touch with the experts to find out which choice is right for you.

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