Cloud Computing

Which Cloud Computing Model is Best for My Business?

Cloud computing is the safe, reliable and robust storage system that got the world talking – saving the business owners of today, one document at a time. Left that important sales contract in the office? Not to worry, it’s on the Cloud! Disaster averted.

In the past,  business owners were somewhat wary of Cloud Computing, being unsure about the safety and accessibility of their private data. As time has progressed, so has the use of Cloud Computing. Issues around security have been addressed, and the widespread adoption of the hybrid cloud means that Cloud Computing has become the go-to platform for forward thinking businesses to keep on top of key information.

That now leaves the question: Which Cloud Computing model is best for my business?

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Which Cloud Computing Model is best for my business?

Types of Cloud Computing:

Unless you have been living under a rock, chances are you are well aware of cloud computing. However, did you know that there are three varying infrastructures available? Each one designed to fit individual business requirements. They are:

– Public

– Private

– Hybrid

Public Cloud

The Public Cloud is the most basic cloud computing model, and it’s what we’re used to using in our everyday life. Typically, a service provider offers applications and storage to the public, over the internet – think Apple iCloud, social media platforms or Dropbox.

When it comes to business, the major benefit is convenience. Designed to be “plug-in-and-play” it’s easy for companies to set up, use and access. The Public Cloud allows users to upload documents with ease, and are usually accessible from any Internet-connected device.

Pros

– Different businesses share the core infrastructure, making it more cost effective

– Data and applications accessible only to authorised personnel

– Easy to scale

Cons

– You must be connected to the internet to access your data

– Despite advances in data security, the public cloud is still viewed as the least secure option, especially as your data may be stored in another country and therefore be governed by a different set of privacy regulations.

The Public Cloud in action

The public cloud is the ideal option for companies who are either just starting out, deal with information that is not classed as business critical or are not governed by external legislation and regulation.

Private Cloud

In terms of usage and functionality, there is little to no difference between the Private and Public Cloud. What separates the two, is that the Private Cloud is solely used or owned by the business, therefore offering a greater level of security – ideal for running sensitive or critical data.

Pros

– Dedicated hardware results in a greater level of security

– More control over the server, meaning it can be tailored to your individual needs

– Ideal for high-performance access to filing systems

Cons

– Higher upfront costs

– Can be difficult to access data remotely due to increased security measures

– Infrastructure dependency means if there is an outage it’s harder for business continuity

The Private Cloud in action

With its ability to provide a secure infrastructure, businesses and industries that deal with highly sensitive data or are governed by strict data-privacy legislations are most suited to the private cloud.

Hybrid Cloud

As the name would suggest, the Hybrid Cloud is an integrated mix of on-premises, public and private cloud applications. The ability to tailor the solution to individual business requirements has made the hybrid cloud the most desirable option for most modern-day businesses, especially those that deal with both sensitive and non-sensitive business data.

Pros

– Delivers the benefits of both Public and Private Cloud applications

– Can be tailored to the company’s individual needs

– Delivers greater flexibility with the use of Cloud Bursting (sending non-sensitive data to the public cloud during peak data times).

Cons

– When moving data between the Private and Public Cloud, there can be a time delay when access may be required immediately

– API compatibility is required between the Public and Private Cloud network

– A solid network infrastructure is required to cope with the flow of information between the two platforms.

Hybrid Cloud in action

The hybrid cloud is ideal for any company that deals with both highly sensitive and non-sensitive data.

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At Arden Group we deliver robust communication solutions to businesses all over the UK. Our dedicated account management team will take the time to understand your company business and implement a solid cloud infrastructure, built around the requirements of your business. Contact us today for further information or to discover how Cloud Computing can benefit your business.

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