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 by saving the business owners of today, one document at a time.

Left that important sales contract in the office? Not to worry, it’s in the Cloud! Disaster averted.

Previously, business owners were somewhat wary of cloud computing, because they were 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:

Chances are, you’re already well aware of cloud computing. However, did you know that there are three varying infrastructures available? Each one is designed to fit individual business requirements.

They are:

  • Public
  • Private
  • Hybrid

Public Cloud

The Public Cloud is the most basic cloud computing model, therefore, 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 of the public cloud 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.

  • Cost-Effective

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

  • Secure

    Data and applications are accessible only to authorised personnel

  • Easy to Scale

  • Requires Internet

    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, it offers a greater level of security which is ideal for storing sensitive or critical data.

  • Secure

    Dedicated hardware results in a greater level of security.

  • You’re in Control

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

  • High Performance

    Ideal for high-performance access to filing systems.

  • Higher upfront costs

  • Access

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

  • Continuity Issues

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

The Private Cloud in action

Due to its ability to provide a secure infrastructure, businesses and industries that deal with highly sensitive data or who 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 this solution to individual business requirements has made the hybrid cloud the most desirable option for most modern-day businesses. In particular, those that deal with both sensitive and non-sensitive business data.

  • Combined Benefits

    Delivers the benefits of both Public and Private Cloud applications.

  • Company Specific

    Can be tailored to the company’s individual needs.

  • Flexible

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

  • Time Delay

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

  • Compatibility Issues

    API compatibility is required between the Public and Private Cloud network

  • Infrastructure

    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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