The debate around public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions can leave more questions than answers for IT departments. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Each model carries a variety of benefits that help businesses overcome various challenges, such as harnessing the value of big data, managing bring-your-own-device deployments, and supporting the Internet of Things revolution. And cloud capabilities—both public and private—keep increasing.
A forecast from the International Data Corporation indicates that spending on infrastructure for cloud environments will reach $44.2 billion in 2017. That’s an 18 percent jump from the previous year. And a report from Markets and Markets anticipates the global hybrid cloud market will top $91 billion in 2021.
So what should you consider as you evaluate the merits of public, private, and hybrid cloud services? What's most important is understand how each is best put to use.
Public vs. Private Cloud
Deploying processes to the cloud, which can promote business innovation and agility while reining in IT infrastructure costs, can be a game changer for many corporations. Nevertheless, it’s not always clear whether a public or a private cloud model will generate the best results.
Built on a foundation of shared physical hardware owned and maintained by a third-party provider, the public cloud is known for scalability while keeping costs manageable and predictable. It’s a great fit for businesses with fluctuating demand. Moreover, the public cloud can handle heavy, unpredictable traffic with ease while offering up a cost structure that allows you to pay only for the server resources you use.
On the other hand, the private cloud offers a more customized experience in which your business uses dedicated infrastructure hosted on-site or in a service provider’s data center. Providing greater control and security, private cloud services deliver needed agility and capacity while segregating data more completely.
However, another solution is available—one that marries the best features of public and private cloud as a service.
Hybrid Cloud: The Best of Both Worlds
If you’ve considered both public and private cloud options, but find that neither one fulfills all of your company’s needs, you likely need a custom solution. That’s where the hybrid cloud shines. By combining public and private cloud services, it you the IT infrastructure you want and need while still respecting your bottom line. What's more, you retain the option of maintaining dedicated servers for those processes that require ultimate speed, security, and reliability.
As you consider how your company can best integrate cloud as a service, focus on these three factors.
Manage your risk: For companies facing heavy regulations and frequent audits, private cloud offers greater control of digital resources and a higher level of IT security. Choosing an environment that keeps business critical apps and data safe and sound helps you sleep at night.
Allocate workloads based on performance: As you consider deployment across public and private cloud services, keep in mind that performance depends on the capabilities of the host servers. It’s generally accepted that the private cloud handles ongoing, around-the-clock workloads more easily. Turn to the public cloud for temporary or seasonal spikes.
Keep IT infrastructure costs under control: With the proliferation of cloud services, you’ll find more options that meet your needs while also fitting into your budget. Pay-as-you-go models and usage tiers mean fewer surprises at the end of the month.
Which Cloud Service Is Best for Your Company?
You probably know by now that a one-size-fits-all plan is far from ideal. Instead, think about a tailored solution for your company, one that offers maximum flexibility, scalability, and security in support of your specialized business goals.
To learn more about how you might build a hybrid cloud model to help you meet your business goals, schedule an assessment with one of our IT experts. We’d be happy to help you design a custom solution while sharing best practices in cloud computing.