Which type of cloud is right for you?

 

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12-Mar-2020 12:21:47

In my last piece, I talked about Problem Management and how it is often confused with Major Incident management. In fact, while the two are linked, they are very different beasts. However strong your Problem Management, you must be ready for business critical incidents.

These days it’s almost impossible to find an organisation that doesn’t rely at least partially on cloud services. It’s becoming more integral to our daily lives, in and outside of the workplace.

Cloud solutions put an end to the traditional capital-intensive infrastructure and applications costs seen with on-premise solutions.  They provide a scalable, flexible future, giving you the efficient, agile and innovative platform, you need to become a digital business. Hence, their popularity.

However, each type of cloud service has its own benefits and drawbacks. So, the important question today is no longer ‘when should I invest in cloud’, it’s ‘what type of cloud should I be investing in further?’

There are three main types of cloud services, these are:

1. The Public Cloud

The public cloud is defined as a computing service offered by third-party providers over the public internet, making them available to anyone who wants to use or purchase them.

The chosen cloud service provider is responsible for all management and maintenance and can be deployed faster than on-premise infrastructures with an almost infinitely scalable platform. It enables every employee of a company to use the same application from any office or branch using their device of choice, providing they can access the internet.

While security concerns have been raised over public cloud environments, when implemented correctly, the public cloud can be as secure as the most effectively private cloud implementation - if the provider uses proper security methods, such as intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS).

Acora’s preferred public cloud offering is Microsoft Azure. It’s a growing collection of integrated cloud services for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services. It provides software, platform and infrastructure ‘as a service’ and supports multiple programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

Ideal for: organisations with standard, mass access, non-critical applications requiring flexibility.

2. The Private Cloud

The public cloud is defined as a computing service offered by third-party providers over the public internet, making them available to anyone who wants to use or purchase them.

The chosen cloud service provider is responsible for all management and maintenance and can be deployed faster than on-premise infrastructures with an almost infinitely scalable platform. It enables every employee of a company to use the same application from any office or branch using their device of choice, providing they can access the internet.

While security concerns have been raised over public cloud environments, when implemented correctly, the public cloud can be as secure as the most effectively private cloud implementation - if the provider uses proper security methods, such as intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS).

Acora’s preferred public cloud offering is Microsoft Azure. It’s a growing collection of integrated cloud services for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services. It provides software, platform and infrastructure ‘as a service’ and supports multiple programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

Ideal for: organisations with standard, mass access, non-critical applications requiring flexibility.

3. The Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud is a computing environment that combines a public cloud and a private cloud by with data and applications shared between them. When computing and processing demand fluctuates, hybrid cloud computing gives businesses the ability to seamlessly scale their on-premises infrastructure up to the public cloud to handle any overflow.

Organisations gain the flexibility and computing power of the public cloud for basic and non-sensitive computing tasks, while keeping business-critical applications and data on-premises, safely behind a company firewall.

Using a hybrid cloud not only allows companies to scale computing resources, it also eliminates the need to make capital investments to handle short-term spikes in demand. Hybrid cloud computing is a “best of both worlds” platform, delivering all the benefits of cloud computing—flexibility, scalability, and cost efficiencies—with the lowest possible risk of data exposure for applications that need it.

The reality is that most companies will have a set of applications, sites, security and existing investments meaning that a hybrid model will be required. That will often extend to multiple public and private clouds woven together through sites and datacentres as part of an IT infrastructure model.

 Ideal for: organisations with legacy IT who need to scale and require a mixture of private and public cloud services.

For advice on which cloud service is right for you, feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help.

 

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