Public or Private?

Since cloud hosting first came to market it has grown and evolved and billions of dollars have been pumped into cloud computing initiatives in an attempt to push it forward and to be able to manage the expected growth in consumer demand. Among the different cloud options, there are two groups: public and private. So, today we ask the question, what’s best?

Public Clouds

A fantastic example of a public cloud is Dropbox – something millions of us use on a daily basis. This very article has even been saved to my personal Dropbox. A public cloud has less regulatory hurdles than a private cloud which means that public clouds are fantastic for bringing services to market quickly and are also brilliant for small scale, personal use. However, when faced with highly critical applications, they simply aren’t secure enough in order to host them.

Furthermore, public clouds are under control of a third-party vendor. That is to say that I cannot control the ins and outs of Dropbox – I merely use it as a service.

Private Clouds

A private cloud will give users much more control over how the cloud infrastructure is made up and how it will handle workloads. Private clouds are run by internal IT staff and are much more elastic and scalable. They also give clients the ability to control their own data and security. This is therefore the choice for corporations when it comes to cloud hosting. Private clouds, therefore, need a dedicated team working behind, or perhaps more appropriately under (excuse the poor joke), them in order to administer the cloud. However, with this comes a whole lot more freedom with your cloud; much more so than you could ever gain from a public, third-party option.

What to Choose?

So, the difference between the two is really quite simple as outlined above. If you’re looking to begin using a free cloud service for your own personal files then a public cloud will be the way to go. If, however, you’re a corporation looking for a secure cloud hosting solution in order to host complex infrastructures, then the only option will be the private cloud!

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