Public Cloud vs. Private Cloud: Which Is Right For You?

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Mar 9, 2020 10:28:21 AM

When searching for cloud computing and storage solutions for your organization, the biggest decision you will face is whether to choose a public cloud or a private one. With each of these formats, there are definite pros and cons.

Choosing a cloud storage system is more than just selecting a way to store and share files with your team-- it’s a business decision as well. After all, the way you use your cloud computing platform affects how you interact with a team, and even how you conduct business with clients and customers.

If you’re considering moving your infrastructure to the cloud, you’re right on cue: 83% of enterprise workloads will be cloud-based by the end of 2020. And? 94% of enterprises are already using a cloud-based system.

Private cloud spending has increased by 28.2% year over year. And public cloud spending is estimated to reach $266 billion in 2020, up 17.3% from 2018. Use of the cloud is undeniably on the rise, but within that there are options.

So which one is the best fit for the evolving needs of your company-- a public or private cloud? A public cloud, a private cloud, or something else that is entirely different?

Public Cloud

Pro: One of the main reasons that many choose a public cloud solution for their organization is that it requires very little of you. Your public cloud host is responsible for any necessary management, with no additional work from you.

Pro: For many smaller businesses, the affordability and ease of implementation are two very important factors in choosing a public cloud over a private one. A public cloud system is incredibly easy to purchase and use. Larger corporations and organizations may have the luxury of having a private cloud created for their needs, but smaller organizations may find that the size and scale of a public cloud is the right choice.

Pro: Public clouds can meet the immediate needs of most organizations-- including their budgetary needs. There are lower costs to pay up front. Plus, there are a larger number of servers, which guards against the risk of server failure. You can trust your public cloud to work, and work well.

Con: The biggest reason that organizations opt for a private cloud infrastructure over a public cloud is because it is more secure. When you use a public cloud, you are at a higher risk of a data breach.

Con: With a public cloud, it is much harder to customize your infrastructure to meet your company’s needs. There is very little room for scaling when you need more or less storage space.

Private Cloud

Pro: Your private cloud mainly offers a stronger level of security. When you choose a private cloud, your cloud infrastructure exists within your organization’s intranet, safe and well-protected behind a firewall. Your private cloud shares very little --if any-- data with any other organization.

Pro: Companies with a current data center (like an intranet) will be able to utilize your data center as an affordable host for your private cloud. You’ve already invested money in an infrastructure that works for your company. Make the most of that infrastructure investment by forming your cloud storage around it.

Pro: Not only are private cloud structures already incredibly secure, but a private cloud also allows for additional security and recovery options

Pro: If you set up your private cloud server on the premises or close by, this can provide you with connectivity advantages that aren’t available in public cloud formats. As the amount of data stored begins to grow over time, network connectivity can become an issue, so planning ahead by using a private cloud server nearby will prevent issues.

Con: Something important to consider about selecting a private cloud? When you choose a private cloud, maintenance and updating frequently falls to someone in your organization, which requires time and effort.

Con: Over time, your servers may need to be replaced or upgraded, which can be a costly endeavor. Are you prepared for these replacements? Are you financially stable to repair or replace things if or when something goes awry?

Another Choice: The Hybrid Cloud

Having trouble deciding which form of data storage is right for your organization? Why not go with something in between, with a hybrid cloud?

What is a hybrid cloud? A hybrid cloud is a cloud computing system that uses a mix of private cloud and public cloud infrastructures. This only works if the two play nicely together; that is, if there is a “bridge” set up between the two platforms so that workloads can move in between the public and private clouds with fluidity.

Why choose a hybrid cloud system? This allows your business a great deal of flexibility. Oftentimes, the public cloud serves as an overflow point for items that won’t fit in the private cloud, and need less security.

Your hybrid cloud system spreads data across the entirety of your storage system, instead of lumping everything together, This enhances performance and flash resilience.

A hybrid cloud system also allows your organization the opportunity to collaborate with outside entities while still maintaining security of all of your files-- all at an optimum price for your organization’s budget.

Looking for the quick retrieval and safety of a private cloud but plan on sticking to a budget? Perhaps a hybrid cloud system is the right choice for you.

If you’re interested in finding the right balance of a private cloud or a hybrid cloud for your organization, let’s talk. We can come up with the perfect storage infrastructure solution, and tailor it to match your needs.

At Violin Systems, it’s our mission to provide you with quick, easy access to cloud computing, with high-performance standards and the utmost level of security.

No matter what kind of storage solution you’re seeking Violin Systems has the answer for your organization in our Quartet Portfolio. We can help you find the right plan for your storage infrastructure, then create it and help you implement it.

Want to learn more? Contact us today!

Topics: Private Cloud, strategy, cloud, QV2020