If you’re like most people, when you talk about the cloud, you’re talking about a gigantic public cloud network. It makes the most sense because after all, the biggest names make the most headlines and are the most familiar topics of discussion. However, there’s much more to cloud computing than the gigantic public cloud.

Take a look at the following types of cloud architecture and their primary benefits, as you decide which type works best for your business:

cloud-computing-diagramPublic Cloud

Let’s get the big one out of the way first. At the public level, you receive secure hosting via a scalable server. “Secure,” however, is a somewhat loose term. Because of the fact that it’s available in the public domain, security is definitely a concern. Fraud, hacking, and downtime due to malicious attacks all happen within the public cloud. However, the public cloud does offer some benefits, including:

  • Cost control via pay-by-the-hour pricing
  • API access that allows you to start and kill servers at your convenience
  • Ease of deployment at your company – you access the cloud through a website

The Private Cloud

The private cloud places you in a secure and dedicated computing environment. You are completely firewalled off from the rest of the online world. It’s not perfect security, but it provides much more security than the public cloud. In addition to security, the private cloud allows:

  • Greater control over your own space
  • Scalability without dramatic IT infrastructure cost increases

While having a private cloud helps reduce some maintenance costs, it may not reduce costs as effectively as the public cloud. But because it retains most of the benefits of public cloud computing while increasing security, it works as a viable alternative for small and mid-size companies.

The Hybrid Cloud

A mixture of the private and public cloud, the hybrid cloud is customizable, and what you get depends on which vendor you work with. Aside from customization, the private cloud also allows:

  • Reduced costs versus building and maintaining your own internal network
  • Full scalability

Consider Carefully and Make Your Choice

Now that you know the very basics of each type of cloud computing architecture, you can discuss it with your key personnel and figure out which managed storage solution makes the most sense for your company. It’s not an easy choice, but with careful consideration, you should be able to make the decision that will allow your business to scale and grow in the future.

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