When your business considers migrating its data to the cloud, there are a couple options available to you which you should review before coming to some kind of decision – whether to choose a public or a private cloud solution. A private cloud is simply an enterprise cloud, where all your important company data resides on internal servers, safely situated behind a firewall. The good thing about this arrangement is that you can make use of existing infrastructure for the storage and retrieval of data.
The downside is that you’re also responsible for any kind of maintenance, security, and upgrades which have to be applied. That of course is not the case on a public cloud, where all those functions are managed by the host or provider of services. The benefit of migrating to the public cloud is that your company need not have the equipment, or even the expertise in-house to handle data storage and retrieval.
Any small business operating on a tight budget, as small businesses generally do, might be better off with a public cloud solution, since cost generally revolves around services used, so you really only end up paying for those services you need. Larger, corporate entities might be better served by investing in a private cloud, where you can control all factors associated with your valuable data assets.
Compliance and security considerations
When it becomes necessary to satisfy requirements of federal regulations programs such as Sarbannes-Oxley, it can be very helpful to quickly locate documents for support, and this is only possible in a private cloud model. In a private cloud, you can store sensitive documents wherever you want, and you can access them at will, without difficulty or delay. You may also wish to impose internal security measures in the management of sensitive data, which you couldn’t really do in a hosted configuration. Also, in a public cloud, you would not necessarily know where any of your sensitive data is being stored at any given time.
Control over hardware and virtual servers
If your company would prefer to have complete control over hardware and virtual servers, then a private cloud arrangement would be better for you. In the event of any kind of failure or internal disaster, there are some advantages both ways – for instance, in a private cloud setup, you could quickly switch over to Failover Hardware, which is always ready to fill in.
However, if something like a fire or flood hits your company, it would be much better to have a public cloud arrangement, with all data storage handled remotely. In this situation, the only recovery needed would be to setup in a temporary office area, and re-connect to the public cloud.
More about the advantages of managed IT services
To find out more about how managed services over the public cloud can benefit your company, contact Moore IT Services, and learn from the experts why so many companies are finding it beneficial to migrate data to the public cloud.