Public vs. Private vs. Hybrid Cloud


Cloud is quickly becoming an integral part of a company’s technical environment. That is because cloud environments provide increased scalability, reliability and flexibility among other benefits when compared to hardware solutions. In fact, we projected that in 2016 the popularity of cloud environments would continue to grow as organizations reap the benefits of both public and private clouds.

When organizations explore cloud hosting options, they are typically presented with three options: public cloud, private cloud or a hybrid cloud environment. Making the right decision is important if you want your business to truly leverage the cloud to improve operational efficiency though your databases, applications and website. But what is the difference between each type of cloud, and how do you decide which is best for your organization?

Public Cloud

A public cloud provides services and infrastructure offsite over a network that is open for public use. Resources are shared amongst tenants, making public clouds great for organizations looking to reduce upfront costs while securing benefits such as scalability, flexibility and reliability. In addition, shared resources allow cloud service providers to charge customers based on the amount of resources they use so that they aren’t paying over-allocated services.

The public cloud is also a perfect solution for collaborative projects, as the platform makes it easy to standardize workloads for groups working together. Public cloud is also ideal for web-tier applications that are highly seasonal, mission-critical or latency intolerant or for organizations seeking long-term storage, including development and testing environments, write-occasionally and read-often websites, email and much more.

However, because hardware, data storage and network resources are shared in a public cloud, this can create vulnerabilities within the environment. As data security becomes a growing concern, organizations may be selective with what is deployed in a public cloud. It’s rare to find an enterprise organization that deploys 100% of their applications in a public cloud. At Edge, our public cloud is built with 5 tier security, because protecting your data is our top priority.

Private Cloud

A private cloud hosts services and infrastructure that are dedicated to a single organization. Resources are not shared; therefore, hardware, data storage and network pools cannot be accessed by other organizations in the same data center. Because of this, a private cloud environment offers increased security and control of data, applications and website.

Another major benefit is that any application can be architected for support in a private cloud environment. Unlike the public cloud, hardware, network and storage performance can be customized. This is an especially attractive option if legacy applications experience performance issues in the public cloud.

The private cloud is great for environments with predictable usage patterns and businesses that must conform to strict security and data privacy standards, including FedRAMP, HIPAA and PCI compliance.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud offers shared resources as well as a private network environment. It is perfect for services that are tailored for different market verticals. For example, the public cloud can be used to interact with clients, while the private cloud can be used to keep data secure.

Hybrid architectures are critical if you want to explore the flexibility and scalability of the public cloud. An audit may not always reveal how an application performs in a public cloud environment. But with a hybrid cloud, your organization can test a single tier in the public cloud while maintaining key infrastructure on your private cloud or dedicated infrastructure.

Final Thoughts

Deciding between cloud infrastructures can be tough. Keeping your organization’s goals in mind as well as how you will be utilizing a cloud environment is vital when choosing the right platform for your company.

Edge Hosting is a managed cloud hosting provider. Our CloudPlus environment is secure, compliant and lightning fast. Pair this with our managed services, 100% guaranteed uptime and a tech support team that is entirely U.S. based and available 24/7, and we’ll help your environment stay up, so you can sleep more.

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