Today, most organizations are adopting cloud computing technologies to stay ahead of the competition as cloud provides instant provisioning, scalability, virtualized resources, security, ability to expand server base and much more.
Depending upon your business needs and strategies, you have the choice to deploy your infrastructure in either a private cloud or a public cloud. But the question is which one is the best? What are the differences between the two? How can you determine the right solution/path for your business?
Public cloud vs private cloud – an introduction.
The public cloud deployments are used by the organizations for those applications and data whose security and compliance is not a big issue. It is a multi-tenant environment that offers a slice of the server in the cloud which is shared by a number of tenants.
Private cloud, on the other hand, provides the single -tenant environment with dedicated hardware, storage and network per user.
Public cloud vs private cloud – the comparison.
Let’s compare both in detail:
On the basis of security, if we differ private and public cloud, the private one is dedicated to a single enterprise. You can configure the hardware, storage, and network to achieve an increased level of security with third party software and tools, and so your data cannot be accessed by others in the same datacenter.
Whereas in the public cloud, you cannot install the security software of your choice and are sharing the common physical location with other tenants, so you can’t get that much level of security as that in private cloud.
As the private cloud is dedicated to a single tenant, you can easily attain the PCI and HIPAA compliances. Well, these compliance features are also there in the public cloud, but sometimes the data may not be as detailed or customizable because of a single physical machine that is shared by multiple clients.
A private cloud provides a better consistent platform for your 24X7 workloads. As it is deployed inside the firewall on a company’s intranet, the transfer rates of data are increased. Also, you don’t have to face slow page loading, which generally happens while using public cloud services.
4. Greater control
With the private cloud, you get more control over your data as the hardware is mostly on-site. Unlike public cloud, you can easily monitor and maintain your data.
A private cloud provides more flexibility that can be achieved by an on-demand self-service, resource pooling, and a measured service. This means that the end users can customize their own resources as per their business needs. The cloud hosting provider takes care of the overall infrastructure but no longer for your resources. You can create your own resources and have to pay for its usage. Also, you can terminate or stop using those resources when no longer needed.
6. Hybrid Deployments
If you want to have your high-speed data base application/website hosted on the dedicated server, then that hardware can be integrated into your private cloud. You are able to hybridize the solution between dedicated and virtual servers. Whereas in public cloud, this can’t be achieved.
If security is the major concern for your business, then it would be better to consider private cloud services. The initial cost for setting it may not fit into the budget for SMBs, but in long term use, it evens out.
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