Cloud computing is a really valuable tool for businesses all over the world. Thanks to people like Charles Phillips of Infor, who has made cloud computing his company’s main affair, companies are now able to enjoy reduced costs, increased scalability, and improved collaboration and flexibility. That said, the world of the cloud, which was until recently still quite limited, is now a huge domain. It is very important for businesses who are considering migrating to it, to understand at least some of this domain.
Specifically, the cloud can be deployed according to a number of different models, being the public, community, private, and hybrid cloud. Each of these models have their own personal strengths and weaknesses. Any business should review these so that they are able to choose the cloud model that is most suitable to their particular needs. Let’s take a look at the four models.
The Public Cloud
This cloud is available to large industry groups or the general public, and is owned by a cloud service selling organization. A third party offers pieces of clouds that the general public is able to use. This cloud is quick to set up, but there is little transparency available, which means it cannot be customized to individual needs.
The Community Cloud
This type of cloud is shared by organizations and communities that have similar needs or concerned. This is created when different organizations join forces and decide to share their resources. It is like a mini version of the public cloud, but rather than being accessible to anyone, it is only accessible to certain organizations. The community cloud is quite expensive, because it is limited to a small number of accounts. However, considering proper collaboration and integrated working is a huge cost saver, many businesses have found that using community clouds can save them quite a bit of money overall. Plus, it gives businesses a greater deal of insight into the cloud, thereby also improving its security.
The Private Cloud
The private cloud is the modern version of the intranet. It is designed to services a single organization. Some people say that a private cloud isn’t really a cloud, because the organization manages its infrastructure and access. However, in many cases, it is powered by an external server, which means it meets the definition of a cloud.
The Hybrid Cloud
A hybrid cloud is made up of at least two different types of clouds, each of which retains its unique properties. By joining, however, they are bound together, sharing their technology as well as data. Hybrid clouds allow for the sharing of certain resources. Usually, the combination is private and public, rather than community. It essentially means that businesses agree to work together, while at the same time ensuring that they retain their privacy over crucial data.
There is no such thing as the ‘right kind’ of cloud. Only you and your organization can decide what will work for you. This is something to properly investigate before signing up, however.