Making the move to a cloud-based data management model can seem like a daunting task. That’s why we like to keep things simple and start by figuring out the ideal cloud environment for your business processes and long-term goals. Fortunately, the options are relatively straightforward, yet they’re still flexible enough to provide you with a fully customized cloud infrastructure.
When it comes to the types of cloud platforms, you have three fundamental options:
- Public cloud
- Private cloud
- Hybrid cloud
Let’s take a closer look at each of these options individually to give you a better idea of which cloud model may be best for your business’s unique needs and priorities.
When people mention “the cloud,” they’re most commonly referring to a public cloud service. The key feature of a public cloud solution is that you aren’t responsible for managing the server environment and infrastructure where your data is stored. You’ll still be the only one with access to your data; it will just be stored off site in one or more data centers that you’ll most likely never see.
This strategy allows you to take a hands-off approach to data storage. You’ll have powerful data storage resources at your fingertips without the administrative hassles of data management, upgrading infrastructure, or expensive capital investments.
With a public cloud storage solution, your business can:
- Minimize overhead and operating expenses
- Work with vendors to make your budget do more
- Gain access to additional storage resources in a matter of minutes
- Scale your storage plans as your needs evolve
With a private cloud solution, your cloud resources are hosted in your own facility. That means you’re responsible for how data is stored and resources are managed. Although cloud infrastructure comes with an increased up-front investment, you have more control over your network with the flexibility of a cloud platform.
With a private cloud solution, your business can experience benefits such as:
- Increased control of server resources and management tools
- Customized performance optimization strategies
- Maximum security by leveraging physical and virtual protection measures
- The flexibility to access and monitor your network from anywhere
Now that we’ve covered the public and private cloud, you’re probably wondering where the hybrid cloud fits into all of this. Put simply, a hybrid cloud solution leverages both private and public cloud resources to offer you the best of both worlds. If you want the customization of the private cloud with the on-demand network resources provided by the public cloud, a hybrid cloud platform may be your best option.
With the hybrid cloud your business can:
- Harness the agility and scalable resources of the public cloud at a moment’s notice
- Streamline your business continuity platform with redundant resources
- Improve system connectivity and reliability
- Control how business-critical resources are stored and managed
If you still aren’t sure which cloud platform offers the ideal solution for your business, our experts are here to help assess your unique situation. [Get in touch today] to start the conversation and take the first step toward a seamless transition to the cloud.