Public Cloud v. Private Cloud v. Hybrid Cloud - Which is Right for Me?

Posted by Chris Isham on January 7, 2016

Cloud hosting is rapidly becoming the standard. It's no surprise. If you've partnered with the right cloud hosting provider, you'll enjoy ample benefits: reduced operation costs, efficient use of resources, reliability, quick scalability, and of course, the ability to access your data anytime, anywhere.

One of the decisions you'll have to make when migrating to the cloud is which type of cloud deployment makes sense for your business. Understanding the differences between public, private and hybrid cloud solutions can help you make the right choice.

Public Cloud

With a public cloud, the infrastructure components is used by many tenants. Each tenant essentially rents space on the cloud hosting provider's infrastructure. Some of these models require substantial management on the part of the client. Others, like ByteGrids' managed hosting solutions, offer the benefits of utility-model IT infrastructure plus the resource savings of a managed solution.

Public cloud services have the advantage of low cost and rapid, on-demand scalability limited by provider capacity. Keep in mind that this is directly impacted by number of other clients and their often shifting demands. When evaluating cloud hosting providers, it's a good idea to make sure they have a capacity plan, to ensure you receive the full benefits of this type of implementation.

Private Cloud

Many companies require a higher level of control than is possible with a public cloud. In a private cloud, the server hardware, storage and network are dedicated to a single client or company. These systems are more often actively managed by the provider.

Private clouds are typically chosen by companies in regulated industries who are concerned about compliance. While not expressly forbidden by the regulations, it can be difficult to achieve the required level of control and transparency with a public cloud solution than you can with a private cloud.

If compliance is a concern, you'll need to work with your provider to make sure that they can satisfy your needs, beyond just your technical requirements. Remember, too, that when compliance is a concern, your Service Level Agreement is of the utmost importance. Make sure that your requirements are clearly spelled out. A cloud hosting provider with experience serving regulated clients will be able to help you identify the right solution for your company, and understand how to fulfill and document regulatory requirements.

Hybrid Cloud

With a hybrid cloud, part of solution is private (like a dedicated database server) and part is public. This is the option to choose if you're comfortable with a public cloud computing model but require dedicated hardware to meet your technical requirements.

An experienced cloud hosting provider can help you determine which cloud services model is the best fit for your business, based on your specific needs. ByteGrid has been providing secure cloud hosting solutions since 1999. We've served some of the most demanding clients in tightly regulated industries. All of our solutions are secured in our state-of-the-art, access-restricted datacenter, and supported by certified professionals. We work 24-7 to keep your system running and secure, no matter which solution you choose.

Contact us today and start enjoying the benefits of the cloud.