Nowadays you hear about cloud service and after cloud service and you never quite know which one is right for your company. It’s hard enough for those of us in the technology space to keep up with the changing cloud terminology, let alone for other businesses. But it’s inevitable that your company will come into contact with the cloud at some point of time or another. So there’s no better time than the present to clear up some of the fog behind the cloud.
In terms of the technology, the cloud has been around for a long time. It was first seen back in the late 1990s when Marc Benioff launched the CRM (customer relationship management) solution Salesforce with a mission to end traditional “software,” by selling solutions over the internet. This model became to be known as software as a service (SaaS) and has revolutionized the technology services industry.
Types of Clouds
The Public Cloud
In the public cloud model, you share business application software, hardware, a data center and an operating system with all of the other users. This allows the user to take advantage of the provider’s infrastructure and best practices, all while lowering their capital expenditures and alleviating their IT department. While this option brings costs down, it does pose potential security and performance risks. For example, when an application goes down in a public cloud, generally all customers using that cloud experience a service outage.
The Private Cloud
In a private cloud, the only shared component amongst users is the provider’s infrastructure. Everything else, a company’s business applications and database are stored on its own virtual layer, creating a protective bubble around your data. This allows for the user to use shared hardware and still remained protected. Though the private cloud is the more expensive option, it allows for businesses to host and manage their critical workloads and sensitive information such as financials, regulated data and intellectual property that would run a big risk if left exposed to attack.
The Hybrid Model
As its name implies, the hybrid cloud is a combination of the public and private cloud. In this model, management, administration, and data storage is shared between an on premise device and the cloud, depending on the individual needs of the user and their line of business applications. According to Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014, “enterprises should design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind and make sure future integration/interoperability is possible.”
To gain insight into which cloud would work best for your business, reach out to the BMB team for more information.