There are some key differences that separate the private cloud and the public cloud. When businesses decide which one they want to go with, they often need to weight these differences. Business Solutions contributor Andrew Calore recently explained some of the benefits and drawbacks of each enterprise cloud deployment.
The private cloud offers an infrastructure that is a company's own. There is no need to worry about other businesses' data floating around in it. Private cloud services also afford enterprises the ability to design the cloud architecture how they want it. Security is also improved because control of access to the cloud is always in the hands of the company and there is no risk if a cloud service provider is down.
Meanwhile, the public cloud has some advantages, but one key disadvantage is that the company is completely dependent on the vendor. A public cloud service provide may not always be responsive to the needs of a customer, which could be especially bad in cases of emergency.
It is up to businesses to decided between the benefits and issues and what deployment fits best with what the company wants.
"The only way you can make the right choice is to research each offered product strategically and find the best fit for your office," wrote Calore.
What everyone wants is a private cloud
Cloud adoption seems to be trending toward the private cloud. According to TechRepublic contributor Mary Shacklett, many businesses are adopting the private cloud over public options due to security and control needs.
Shacklett offered two reasons as to why the private cloud is more appealing then the public cloud. For one, the private cloud allows businesses to keep their same infrastructures in place that they have been developing and using for many years. They want to have familiarity with the systems with the ability to keep their data to themselves, rather than with multiple organizations on a public cloud.
The other reason is that many organizations fear they will lose control of their information if they move to a public cloud service provider. They're also afraid of having to get all of that data back to in-house storage units if they don't like their cloud vendor. These issues can be solved by sticking to the private cloud.
"Consequently, it isn't too far-fetched for organizations to hedge against the turns that technology thinking takes—and to embark on their own cloud journeys with the desire to understand fully what cloud is all about and how it works, regardless of how small they are," wrote Shacklett. "For most companies, this means engagement with a private cloud."