Choosing your cloud deployment option is like choosing a car -- each model will accomplish pretty much the same thing but their performance level and maintenance requirements will vary.
When it comes to cloud migration, deciding which platform is best for your business will come down to how much space you'll need, what additional features are necessary, and the level of security required to keep your data safe. Let's take a look at three different types of cloud infrastructures.
This is the most common method of deployment where cloud resources such as servers, hardware, software, and storage are owned by a cloud service provider and rented off to you and other businesses. Your services are accessible via a web browser, and maintenance, patches, and upgrades are taken care of by your cloud partner.
Public cloud is commonly used for web-based email, online office applications, storage, and testing and developing environments.
Benefits of public cloud include:
- No additional hardware or software required
- Nearly unlimited scalability since resources are available on-demand
- High reliability if your provider uses multiple networks to eliminate a single point of failure
The main concern of public cloud boils down to security because your data and applications reside on third-party servers and are shared with other organizations, rather than your own. Because of this, partnering with a reputable cloud provider with clear confidentiality and service level agreements is crucial.
Private cloud, just like public cloud, delivers all your services over the internet, but comprises computing resources that can be maintained by your cloud provider on a private network or on your physical server. No matter your preference, you’ll get dedicated hardware and software for your business that aren’t shared with other tenants. This makes it easy for you to customize solutions to meet your exact needs.
As such, private cloud is a popular deployment model for government agencies, financial institutions, as well as any other companies that need enhanced control over their IT and security.
Benefits of private cloud include:
- More customization flexibility since the resources are yours alone
- Higher levels of control and security
- Uncompromised scalability, since resources can be added or removed on-demand
But resource exclusivity comes with higher upfront cost needed to set up the infrastructure, as well as higher monthly support costs.
Hybrid cloud combines on-premises infrastructure from private cloud with automated deployments from public cloud. Data and applications can be moved freely between the two environments for greater flexibility.
For example, you can use public cloud for services with lower security needs and private cloud or on-premises infrastructure for hosting sensitive business data.
Benefits of hybrid cloud include:
- Utmost agility and flexibility since you can leverage both public and private clouds
- Robust security and enhanced control over deployment and management
- Resource availability from both physical and virtual environments
The only downside to this deployment model is networking and maintenance complexities simply because it relies on multiple systems to work together in sync. Because of this, partnering with a cloud provider with extensive experience customizing hybrid cloud infrastructures is imperative.
Each deployment option comes with their own benefits and drawbacks, but that doesn’t mean the cons outweigh the pros.
AT PC LAN TECHS, we take the time to understand our clients’ objectives and conduct a thorough infrastructure assessment to ensure the best possible migration option. If you have any questions, just give us a call.