Cloud solutions have revolutionized the way businesses use software and store data. Clouds and cloud computing have become the buzzword terms for revolutionizing how businesses communicate and collaborate. Companies that have the resources to do so can create their own private cloud environment. Private clouds make productivity easier, can reduce computing costs, and will streamline internal processes and these are all advantages that modern businesses are looking for.
And tech companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, along with thousands of smaller providers have noticed this trend to offer their own public cloud offerings as a cheaper alternative to companies that want to take advantage of cloud computing but lack the resources to do so themselves.
While the differences between public and private clouds are significant, many organizations have blended their use of both into a seamless hybrid solution to meet their own unique cloud computing demands. In fact, the hybrid cloud is the most common form of cloud use. Hybrid clouds have their advantages and disadvantages:
Pros of The Hybrid Cloud
Improved security – It is a commonly held view that public clouds aren’t completely safe and while public cloud providers do all they can to keep their client’s data secure, many organizations choose to host their most sensitive information on privately-held clouds. This can also be a regulatory requirement as well as sensitive client data may require additional levels of security.
Cost savings – Instead of having to build a complete infrastructure for their internal cloud, companies can pick and choose what parts of the public cloud is most appropriate to their needs. This lowers the initial investment as well as the upkeep of the equipment. And your use of the cloud allows your business to scale up during busy times, and scale back when business and the economy is slow. This is a luxury that is not possible when you buy your own servers and equipment.
Better accessibility – Business isn’t always confined to 8-5 hours. Using the cloud means your employees can access their data from anywhere and at any time which allows them to be flexible and work when and where they want to.
Cons of The Hybrid Cloud
Compatibility – Just because you get to pick and choose the elements you want from public clouds doesn’t mean that everything will work well together. We still live in a computing age where different types of computers have difficulty communicating and this can be risky in a cloud computing environment
Security – In a computing Catch-22, your effort to make things more secure can also open your network up to more risk. Clouds aren’t any less secure than traditional computing but proper precautions must be taken and industry-specific precautions must be taken into account when planning your cloud usage.
Increased cost – The private portion of your hybrid cloud will still require an investment in the hardware necessary to host and run it as well as the staff needed to maintain and update it. Companies looking to reduce costs through cloud computing must take a number of factors and costs into account.
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