Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud

Different Types of Clouds

Gone are the days of the local server. Sure you may still have one as a backup. You may even have rooms filled with local servers, but cloud computing is the way of the future, without a doubt, and it will change how you run your business. The cloud is a powerhouse built to run businesses effectively and efficiently, so it’s not surprising that the computing it provides has its benefits.

In fact, the cloud becoming so ingrained in our society that even our washing machines are running on the cloud.

Private cloud

A private cloud consists of computing resources exclusively used by one enterprise. Usually, the private cloud is on-site, but a third-party can host it off-site as well. The main advantage of using private clouds for your startup is that it provides higher security levels since there’s no sharing of resources.

Additionally, private clouds offer more flexibility as your startup can customize its cloud environment to meet certain business needs.

Unfortunately, with private clouds, your startup is responsible for the management, updating, and maintenance of your servers or data centers. For example, over time, you’ll need to replace your servers, which can be quite pricy, especially for a startup.

Public cloud

A public cloud is a method of deploying computing resources whereby a third party operates and owns the cloud resources (storage servers). The main difference between private and public clouds is that you aren’t responsible for the management of public clouds.

This makes public clouds an affordable option for startups that don’t have expensive data centers in place. Many startups also prefer public clouds because they reduce lead times in testing and deploying products, and there is no need to purchase any hardware or software.

The only drawback to using a public cloud is that security issues can be a concern. Since your startup shares the same hardware, network, and storage devices with other companies, you run the risk of a security breach.

Which one is right for you?

Ultimately, it all boils down to your budget and your startup’s needs. If you want more control over your cloud computing resources, you can opt for private clouds. But, to cut down on costs go for public clouds.

Both have their own pros and cons and understanding each can help you make the right decision.

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