When to use a public or private cloud infrastructure

With the vast quantities of data generated daily and the complexities of the required processing escalating, the cloud is emerging as a forerunner in the computing domain. Reducing operational costs and improving analytical power, there is little doubt that cloud computing is the way to go to optimize organizational business intelligence.

The question, though, arises with regard to which platform to select. There are three platforms to keep in mind – private, public and hybrid clouds – and each is designed for specific targets depending on the type of data being used, and the level of security and management required. Depending on particular business needs and intricacy, different platforms are suited and different questions should be asked.

For example, does the business require flexible services and prefer subscription, variable payment options? Or is the business in a position to outlay the expense for a more secure, management-centric role with overall visibility, control and privacy?

The difference between cloud solutions

Private hosting of cloud technology, otherwise known as internal or enterprise cloud, is constructed and housed on a private network or data centre. All information is protected behind a firewall and is safe and convenient, particularly if the infrastructure is already in place. The shortcomings are essentially the cost, time and resources associated with management, maintenance and updating of servers, potentially offset by the enhanced level of security this type of infrastructure can offer. 

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