Cloud based solutions revolve around the concept of connecting with a virtual platform, which allows accessibility to software, data and services from anywhere and at any time. And, where once the business community had its reservation about adopting the model—as is the case with any newly introduced technology—its deployment is now readily being exercised in businesses of all types and all sizes.
If you are reading this post, there is a high chance that you too are planning to shift a part of your business operations to a cloud platform.
However, this requires the knowledge of the different types of solution on offer and then identifying which one would suit you best.
Unfolding the Telescope – Types of Cloud Models
There are primarily three types of cloud models that businesses can opt for. These are categorized on the basis of level of security that they offer, the level of accessibility that they grant to users, the hardware required for their deployment and the cost that accompanies their deployment.
1) Public Cloud – The Stratus of Digital Ecosystem
Public cloud is a cloud model which offers the least level of security and data privacy. It can be accessed by multiple clients and it is hosted and managed by a third-party service provider.
You need minimum hardware specifications for its deployment and it is the least expensive solution on offer in comparison to other cloud models. Examples include Google Drive, Apple iCloud and Microsoft Online.
Ideal For: Public cloud is ideal for businesses that have lots of data and business activities to handle, without being particularly concerned about data privacy and security.
Companies which sell tickets for different events or want to start a public-facing website are few examples of businesses that may find the use of public cloud beneficial for their daily operations.
2) Private Cloud – The Cirrus of Digital Ecosystem
Private cloud, as the name implies, is a cloud model that may or may not be hosted by a third-party vendor (depending on the customer’s preference), with its control and management entirely resting with the organization.
Private clouds can be flexed to accommodate individual needs of a business and provide benefits of optimum efficiency, high data security and privacy, and maximum control and visibility. However, its deployment requires advanced hardware specifications and increased cost in comparison to public cloud model.
Ideal For: Private clouds are ideal for businesses that want customized solution all the while maintaining high level of data security, regulated accessibility and maximum privacy. The solution is an ideal fit for healthcare organizations that need to protect patients’ data, and companies working in ecommerce, finance or legal sector.
3) Hybrid Cloud – The Altostratus of Digital Ecosystem
Hybrid cloud combines the flexibility of public cloud and the control of private cloud to deliver a well-rounded solution.
With a combination of dedicated and off-location machines, users can allocate the services and resources between a public and a private cloud. However, its deployment and management is more complex than the other two available solutions.
Ideal For: It is ideal for large business organizations that want to share IT services between two different levels of control and accessibility. Like, they can use private cloud to store sensitive credit card information and use public cloud for storing marketing documents. Again, this is entirely subjective and the criteria of classification can vary from business to business.
So, which cloud model rains for you?
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