It's clear to see why many businesses have already migrated from their limited physical servers to the wide open future of cloud computing. Cloud computing delivers the power of many, interconnected servers, all running the most advanced software, available anywhere, any time with any smart device (with the proper secured access). In comparison, the traditional IT model demanded reliance on a small group of vulnerable physical servers in your office that seemed to be constantly in need of attention, maintenance and upgrades. This model required large investments in hardware, software, and most often, on-site IT staff, particularly if your business had the fast growth that all businesses hope for.
From a cost perspective, there is no doubt that the Cloud is the way to go. But, the question of the hour is: Is it better to base a company's IT infrastructure inside a public or a private cloud? The answer depends on your business needs because each solution offers a different set of capabilities.
Both public and private clouds gain access to unused computing resources on a very large array of servers. Public clouds are shared resources that are temporarily set aside for a single business and then re-allocated when the company no longer needs it. Private cloud is a more permanent arrangement, giving the user more control for customization of the resources.
Public clouds excel in being extremely flexible in terms of pay-per-use and practically unlimited expandability. Private clouds are dedicated resources which can be in a remote hosted data center or enabled on-premises using your own servers. It gives you the speed and storage space of a cloud along with the security of full ownership of the resource. While both cloud options are less expensive than traditional network/server models, the public cloud costs less, but has less customization available. Private cloud costs a bit more, but gives you more control of the resource.
Many companies end up following a hybrid cloud strategy that allocates IT projects across both public and private clouds, depending on the sensitivity and scale of the applications. Very sensitive information and applications that must have lightning speed end up on a private cloud while less sensitive data and less frequently used applications can be kept on a public cloud. This approach gives business the maximum benefits of the cloud while optimizing the costs involved.
All businesses seek ways to achieve maximum efficiency and productivity. The private cloud takes you there with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), better responsiveness and absolute business alignment. Higher workload density and resource utilization translates directly into a customer experience that turns users into brand advocates. Run world-class applications and open up new sources of online revenue with advanced e-commerce platforms.
Scale up or down in step with your customer base and market fluctuations. Your business never again has to pay for IT hardware or services that it isn't fully using. Securing a private cloud means massive computing power with greater efficiency. That's good business.
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