Cloud computing is often something practices fall into instead of taking the time to learn more about it. They lump everything together that they know about cloud computing, and never take the time to demystify it and determine if they are using it correctly.
For starters, there are public, private, and hybrid clouds. There are large and small, managed and unmanaged clouds. And often, you’re using a little bit of everything to control the way your business operates.
Which cloud should you use? That all depends on what you’re doing. There isn’t one strategy that works in all cases. Instead, it’s a matter of getting to know what’s available and marrying it up to your needs.
Public clouds are cloud environments not owned by the end-user. If you’re using Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud, you’re utilizing the power of a public cloud. What makes a cloud public is when the environments are redistributed to multiple tenants. A fee structure may or may not be in place.
Private clouds are dedicated to a single end-user. In most cases, the environment will operate behind the end user’s firewall. Being private doesn’t mean that the end-user owns the infrastructure. Private clouds can be rented and controlled on vendor owned equipment.
Hybrid clouds are a combination of different technologies. They are created from multiple environments connected through APIs, local area networks, or virtual private networks. They may contain several public clouds, several private clouds, or a combination of the two.
Working in a multicloud environment is often by chance. You start out small, add as you go, and quickly find yourself existing with several cloud-based options.
Over time, you might decide to refine how you control your data, look for ways to reduce redundant storage space, and improve things like data recovery. That allows you to create a multicloud situation by choice, seeking out specific cloud-based applications for specific reasons. They can include things like improve security, offer better performance, or give you and your employees better access and better authority.
Now it’s time for you to ask yourself a few questions.
Which cloud is best for your situation?
That depends on what you wish to do. Do you have predictable work patterns to your every day, or does your work environment change daily?
What if you want to create the safest work environment possible?
By default, public clouds will have greater risk because multiple users have access to the infrastructure. Private clouds may offer more security, but it also depends on your firewall. How much control do you need, and how much are you willing to take on?
What about resources?
Public clouds are all about perception. They upgrade and transform regularly to offer the latest bells and whistles. Of course, you might have to pay to have access to them. With private clouds, you’ll be in charge of upgrading to gain access to the resources.
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