So you’ve decided that a cloud-based solution is the best answer to protect your organization’s data. You now must face the critical decision between hosting your data on a secure public cloud or utilizing your own private cloud. What is the difference between these two options?
In a nutshell: a public cloud hosts storage for different companies at the same time and on the same server (or network) usually using self-contained virtual data centers, whereas a private cloud consists of dedicated servers that contain data for a single organization. With these definitions in mind, we will now take a look at some important considerations when deciding on a solution:
Convenience vs Customization
When you host your software on a public cloud you are not responsible for managing or maintaining the hardware where it resides. This responsibility falls to the provider which reduces the amount of time your organization spends in testing and deployment. The price for this convenience is a limit on the amount of customizing you can do to your host environment.
Specific Compliance & Security
If your organization has a specific compliance requirement (such as HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, etc), a private cloud is likely a necessity. Using a private cloud allows you to ensure the highest possible levels of security due to the fact that your cloud resides behind your own firewall instead of the provider’s firewall.
When it comes to deciding between public or private cloud hosting there is no answer that is always correct; it really does depend on your organization’s needs. If your organization has specific compliance requirements or prefers to have more control over customization you will likely want to consider a private cloud solution first, otherwise you might have everything you need in a secure public cloud solution. If you are unsure which solution would fit your organization best, the cloud experts at WHOA.com are here to help. For more information please contact us.