Cloud Computing, the process by which a network of remote servers on the Internet is used to store, manage and process data has skyrocketed these past few years in terms of usage and budget allocation. Gartners Hype Cycle for 2014 lists 8 out of 10 Technology Trends which involve the Cloud. The benefits they offer are tremendous: hassle-free upgrades, zero maintenance – not mentioning lower total cost of ownership. Companies can choose what type of Cloud to go for, according to scalability and security
Public Cloud Based Solutions are highly sought after for their flexibility and elasticity. Fast growing companies need a cloud solution which can adapt on-demand, without weeks of consultation. Adding or deleting users or applications has never been easier or more accessible. The downside? When it comes to huge companies, the cost of thousands of employees do add up. While data leakage and security remain top concerns, the market is already overflowing with security and management tools to help your company keep track of their Web – based assets.
No matter how safe the public cloud may seem to be, there are companies who will still stick to private cloud. What differentiates this type of cloud from the public cloud is that it is not hosted on the web but internally, usually through virtualization technologies. The company manages its own infrastructure after making an initial investment. At times, a managed services provider offers the flexibility of easy access which allows the company to chose its delivery model and optimal cloud communications solutions. Thus, handing over management of the private network to help focus on more central business processes like drive sales and anticipate marketing.
Private Cloud may be more costly than Public Cloud, especially upfront. However, there are certain features which other Cloud types do not render: transparent security, speed, customization and control for instance are all optimised on the Private Cloud. Plus, nowadays through virtualization, maintenance and support costs are heavily reduced.
The hybrid is for the enterprises which simply need 2 clouds to be able to handle it all. Sensitive data might be stored on the private cloud while productivity apps are stored on the public. Public cloud at times suits cloud-based features that are used to pilot new capabilities best. Before putting them on the on-premises system, new features are first tested out on the cloud, thus cutting down on costs.
However, it is good to note that switching between platforms and vendors might get tricky – and expensive. It is therefore best that you chose the right vendor from the start.
Hosted or Managed Services
For the companies who wish to purchase and own the technologies but don’t have the bandwidth, hosted or managed services are their best bet. Installation, maintenance, training and customization are included – meaning you’re still in control but don’t need the manpower to check up on it. It also buys you time and specialised knowledge while reducing costs.