As society transitions into the age of technology, cloud computing is gaining traction as one of the number one ways to do business on the internet. While there are several benefits such as disaster recovery, document control, and security, it’s important to know the different types of cloud computing to see which one will work best for your business.
According to this article, in order to truly understand how the Cloud can be of value to an organization, it is first important to understand what the Cloud really is and its different components.
The Internet, along with its various processes, is filled with technical terms and instructions that are hard to understand.
We’ve broken down the types of cloud computing for you to decide what you would like to try
First, let’s establish a definition for cloud computing: what is it? It’s basically computing based on the internet. Files are shared, stored, and edited over the internet for various people to access.
There are 4 main clouds that are classified based on location, that are further classified as you will soon see. These four are public, private, hybrid, and community clouds. Let’s take a look at these a little closer to understand what they are all about.
In the public cloud, the host of the cloud has primary control over it. This cloud is shared between organizations, and the customer has no control over it.
This private cloud is dedicated to a particular organization or host and isn’t shared amongst other organizations as opposed to the Public cloud. While private clouds are more expensive, they offer more security in comparison to Public clouds. There are two types of Private clouds:
- On-premise: This is also known as an “internal cloud”. It provides protection, but is limited in size and scalability. On-premise private clouds are best used for processes that require complete control and configurability of the infrastructure and security.
- Externally hosted: These types of Private clouds are used exclusively by one organizations. One difference between this Private cloud and a Public cloud is that it is hosted by a third-party that specializes in cloud infrastructure. They are cheaper than on-premise private clouds.
As you can probably guess, this type of cloud is a cross between Public and Private clouds. Critical applications that require maximum security will be hosted on Private clouds while less security concerned applications will be on the Public cloud. This can also be called “Cloud Bursting”. For companies that handle a large computing requirement, this can ensure things run smoothly. The organization will use their own computing infrastructure for normal usage and the cloud will handle higher loading requirements.
This type of cloud includes computing infrastructure that is shared between organizations of the same community. To clarify this point, think of all the government organizations in the state of Florida. They may share a computing infrastructure on the cloud to manage data related to citizens residing in Florida.
Consider the size of your business, the traffic is acquires, and the biggest problems you would like to avoid when handling company information. Do you need maximum security? Do you share an infrastructure with multiple organizations? Incorporating the cloud into your business with maximize efficiency, as well as profits.
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