Blog | Which cloud should I choose?

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

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When it comes to cloud computing, the choice can be overwhelming. Once you understand the basics of the cloud and how it can benefit your organisation, it is then time to determine which cloud model is the one for you. Options for deployment include, private, public or hybrid – but which one is right for your business?

What is a Public Cloud?

Public clouds are the most common way of deploying cloud computing. The cloud resources (like servers and storage) are owned and operated by a third party cloud provider, like Atlas Cloud. With public cloud deployment, all hardware, software and other supporting infrastructure are managed and owned by the cloud provider.

In a public cloud, employees are able to access services and managed accounts using a web browser. Public cloud deployments are frequently used to provide web-based applications such as email, online office applications, storage, testing and demo environments.

What are the benefits of Public Cloud?

  • Lower costs – no need to purchase hardware or software
  • No maintenance – all updates taken care of by the managed service provider
  • Scalability – no hardware to restrict you from business growth
  • SLAs means high reliability

What is a Private Cloud?

A private cloud consists of computing resources used by one business. The private cloud can be physically located at your organisation’s on-site data centre, or it can be hosted by a third-party service provider. But in a private cloud, the services and infrastructure are always maintained on a private network and the hardware and software are dedicated exclusively to your organisation by a third party provider. A private cloud can make it easier for an organisation to customise its resources to meet specific IT requirements and can take away the stress of managing separate devices.

What are the benefits of Private Cloud?

  • Flexible cost models
  • Customisable solutions to suit each individual employee
  • Highest security

What is a Hybrid Cloud?

A hybrid cloud combines on-premises infrastructure, or private cloud, with a public cloud so organisations can reap the advantages of both. In a hybrid cloud setup, data and apps can move between private and public clouds for greater flexibility and more deployment options.

What are the benefits of a Hybrid Cloud?

  • Organisations can maintain in control of a private infrastructure
  • You have the ability to scale up or down to the public cloud meaning you pay for additional computing power only when you need it
  • Transitioning to the cloud doesn’t need to be difficult as you can migrate gradually – phasing in workloads over time

So, which cloud should I choose?

At Atlas Cloud, we can host the applications your business needs to function and flourish with the option of private, public or hybrid cloud delivery. We can also provide guidance and consultancy to aid you with your decision as well as create a bespoke hosted desktop service.

Contact us today for more guidance on your cloud adoption journey.

 

 

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