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 (IaaS).

A 2015 survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics 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 that your data is shared with limited — or no other — companies and the data does not touch the public internet, significantly reducing the risk of intrusion.

Public cloud hosting solutions mean your data is stored in your service provider's data centre, eliminating the need for expensive architecture. The trade-off is that the provider takes responsibility for managing and protecting your data, which is stored along with the data of other companies.

This is usually the preferred option for smaller businesses, who can't always afford the high cost of purchasing and maintaining their own servers.

Blending the private and public cloud

Luckily, there's no need to make a hard and fast decision between public and private cloud hosting. 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 is likely a better option. Pushing older backups which aren’t as frequently accessed, or ‘lower’ value data? Using the public cloud can be a much more cost-effective solution.

If you have a public or hybrid cloud hosting solution, being able to connect to your provider is vital. In these cases, having a direct connection is preferred, because it’s faster and more secure than an internet-based connection.

Vocus Cloud Connect, for example, allows businesses to link their public cloud infrastructure into their network without lag, which is essential for speed and responsiveness in accessing and editing documents. Ready to connect to the cloud? We can help.

Call us on 1300 88 99 88 or fill out a contact form to find out how Vocus can help your business.

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