Public vs private hosting: your best cloud computing solution

Posted on May 23, 2018

How To Get Started With Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is not a new concept, but the options available to businesses today are paving new ground for data sharing.

The evolution of storing data in 'the cloud' began back in the 1950s, when companies employed time-sharing on computers to allow multiple users access to information on separate terminals.

After the infamous dot-com crash of the early 2000s, the new technology-driven world began to rebuild using cloud services to store data. Today, cloud computing is delivered as; Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (Saas).

The first, and most recent, survey on cloud computing was taken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in 2015.

The survey revealed that Australia is a leading global adopter of cloud computing, with our spend tipped to reach $800 million by 2019.

But when it comes to cloud computing, which is the best option for your business?

The key differences between private and public cloud options

The main point of difference between these two cloud options is the level of control that you have over the management of the data storage.

A private cloud hosting solution is housed internally and your data is firmly protected behind a firewall with limited access via Internet connectivity. This has obvious benefits, as the data is kept with a closed environment within the provider, rather than on shared infrastructure which any business or person can utilise via the Internet or software VPNs..

But this also has cost drawbacks which can limit smaller businesses from exploring this option. By limiting access to the infrastructure, there can be a premium when compared to public cloud infrastructure which can be taken by 'anyone'.

The benefit is security, with your data shared with limited, or no other companies, the data does not touch the public internet which significantly reduces the risk of intrusion.

Public cloud hosting solutions mean your data is stored in your service provider's data centre, and eliminates the need for expensive architecture. The trade off is that the provider will take responsibility for the management and your data is stored along with that of many other companies.

This is a preferred option for smaller businesses who cannot afford the high cost of purchasing and maintaining their own servers.

How you can blend the two

There is no need to make a hard and fast decision between public and private cloud hosting, though. It is possible to keep the management of your data in your own hands, while also tapping into the resources of a public cloud hosting centre. A significant advantage of a hybrid system is that you can migrate data between the two. It really comes down to the value of the data. If you are running mission critical applications which are highly important and necessary for business performance, private cloud would be a better option.

If you’re pushing older backups which aren’t as frequently accessed, or ‘lower’ value data, Public Cloud can be a much more cost-effective solution.

If you have a public or hybrid cloud hosting solution, your connection to your provider is vital. This is why a direct connection is the preferred choice, because it’s faster and more secure than an internet-based connection.

For instance, Vocus Cloud Connect (VCC) allows businesses to link their public cloud infrastructure into their network without lag, essential for speed and responsiveness in accessing and editing documents.

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Vocus can offer a range of cloud solutions that meet the requirements of your business. To get started, contact us on 1800 262 663.

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