Tue, January 7, 2014

The Right Kind of Cloud for Your Business

But Which Cloud?

Just as there are various types of clouds in the atmosphere, there are also differing types of clouds in the networking universe. In the networking realm of clouds, the term refers to various computing related services delivered to computers over a network or the internet.

The software and systems used are not on your computer. Instead, a server that is usually outside of your business hosts your data. With mobility, computerization, and data all playing key roles in how a business will structure their IT business plan, it’s important to understand the three major cloud models and how they work.

Public

This type of service uses the general internet service to offer cloud solutions that can range from free to pay-per-use and can be used by anyone. Public clouds are usually inexpensive and provide users with an easy way to access online storage and software. The down side to this type of cloud storage is that you don’t have full control over the system’s security.

Private

A private network is used with this type of service which limits access to only those who are able to connect to it. A service provider or an organization itself will usually host the private cloud. The same functionality is offered as that of the public cloud, but these clouds give users full control over own security, data and compliance. This type of system is ideal if your business is one that requires secure storing of data or meeting strict regulatory requirements, such as healthcare, legal or financial industries.

Hybrid

A hybrid cloud system combines elements of both the private and public cloud systems and combines them together. These solutions usually partner a vendor with a private cloud platform which is specialized and works with a public cloud provider to create one usable cloud. For example, a vendor who offers virtualized storage solutions that are hosted at the company, such as customer records, while the archives of these same records may be actually stored on a public cloud.

The beauty of using any of these cloud computing options is the ability to create diverse and flexible environments. Of which, they can be directly tailored to what a business intends to accomplish. Many organizations are beginning to clearly see the benefits of cloud computing. They are now able to expand their environment without having to expend a massive budget on server and data center costs.

Before cloud computing, expansion for companies meant having to buy new space, new hardware and disperse workload based on a set infrastructure. Cloud creation has helped many organizations expand beyond their current physical datacenter. Cloud based technology has allowed IT departments to truly consolidate and grow more quickly and affordably.

When choosing which type of cloud is best for your company, the answer really depends on your business needs. If you work in a highly regulated industry, private or hybrid cloud is your best choice. If you need to store basic files or simple software, then a public cloud is likely the better choice.

Uncertain which computing system will work best for your business? Let Centrality assess your needs and make a suggestion. As your networking specialist, we will assist you in picking a solution that works for your business and your budget. Contact us for a free networking evaluation and quote.