Odds are, by now your probably aware of what the ‘Cloud’ is and what the benefits of using it for your business would be. What I’m going to talk to you about, as you can probably guess by the title, is the different types of cloud there are, what they do and why you might want one more than the other.

Unfortunately, choosing a type of cloud for data hosting is not just down to the workload it will be dealing with or the industry you work in, it’s more about looking at the service or application and deciding what is best suited for the task specifically. For example, we provide a number of services that can be hosted on either the public, private or hybrid cloud. It is purely down to determining the needs of the specific business that we are dealing with at the time.

So, without further adieu, here are the three type of cloud that you can use in your business with the benefits and drawbacks to each.

The Public


This is usually the ‘go to’ for businesses looking to start migrating their data across to the cloud. This is mainly down to the fact that it’s incredibly reliable, cost effective and convenient to configure. Though this type is extremely popular in the data hosting world there are a few drawbacks that could deter you depending on how secure your data needs to be.

Pros

  1. Easy to use
  2. Cost effective
  3. Flexible and scalable
  4. Greater Redundancy

Cons

  1. Operated by a third party
  2. Can be unreliable
  3. Less secure

The Private Cloud


The private cloud is usually best suited to businesses that are primarily concerned about having complete control over their data and need to know exactly where it is and who can access it. For example, businesses that handle sensitive data and who’s credibility relies upon how securely their data is stored would be more inclined to use this type.

Pros

  1. Organization-specific
  2. Greater control, reliability and availability
  3. Customizable infrastructure

Cons

  1. Potentially more costly
  2. Requires IT expertise (we’ll handle that)

The Hybrid Cloud


The hybrid cloud is generally known as the “mix and match” approach, enabling your business the ability to pick and choose various elements from either the public cloud or the private cloud. 

Typically, the hybrid cloud provides a balance of convenience and security. That’s why  we generally advocate a hybrid cloud approach and are focused on using the right destination for the right application that makes sense for your individual business needs.

Pros

  1. Fixable and scalable
  2. Cost effective
  3. Becoming widely popular

Cons

  1. Requires IT expertise (again, we’ll handle that)

So, to summarise, there are three different types of cloud that can be used for hosting; ‘public cloud’: the easiest to configure and use but risks more in terms of security, ‘private cloud’: a far more secure alternative to public cloud but dramatically increases the cost and complexity of configuring ,and lastly ‘hybrid cloud’: essentially a custom made mixture of the two.

Now that your done, send us an email and we’ll call you back as soon as possible to help you get your business on its way to the cloud!