Since 2012, over 80% of businesses have shown an interest in using cloud services. Their main interest in them pertains to their ability to deliver content fast and efficiently. Companies that depend on distributing content will now have a lot more flexibility because of the cloud platform. For example, if a project team within an organization needs to submit their work to another team, they can do so without raising the expense of the Information Technology department. This ends up increasing productivity within the organization so that more can be accomplished.
If you are thinking about integrating a cloud platform into your organization, there are a couple of things about cloud services that you need to educate yourself on first. For instance, you need to understand the difference between a public cloud platform and a private cloud platform. These two types of clouds have a lot of differences from one another. It is important to choose the one which is more suitable for your organization. Otherwise, it could have a negative effect rather than a positive effect on your productivity and internal organizational structure.
Let’s go over some of the good and bad things about each cloud service type.
Public Cloud Service: The Good
- Easy to use and very reliable. You will not have to manage any of the hardware or configurations because the hardware which runs the cloud is located somewhere else. A third-party entity owns and manages the hardware which other organizations are using. This means that you don’t need to spend time and money hiring an I.T. team to deal with it.
- There are no long-term contracts that you will need to commit to. You can choose an annual subscription or monthly subscription for the service. Anytime you want to cancel, you can do so without any further obligation.
Public Cloud Service: The Bad
- Since the data systems are managed by someone else, you won’t have any control over them. For this reason, you wouldn’t be able to add any other services to the cloud.
- Public clouds have weak security features installed. They are not powerful enough to encrypt sensitive information through their system. For example, a company that regularly transmits people’s payment or other financial information will not be able to use a public cloud. The information will be too vulnerable to be seen by unauthorized third parties.
Private Cloud Service: The Good
- The hardware for the cloud is kept at your premises. This gives you complete control over its configurations and infrastructure. Performance customization can also be done.
- Better security features which do a great job of keeping sensitive information hidden and secured from unauthorized third parties.
Private Cloud Service: The Bad
- It will cost your organization more time and money by having to manage the hardware. You will need to have an I.T. team regularly monitoring the hardware and ensuring that it works properly.
- Power surges and natural disasters could affect the performance of your hardware. You will need to take extra precautions over that.
The choice between a public cloud platform and private cloud platform really depends on the size of your company. If you are a big company with lots of private information being transferred around all the time, then you will need a private cloud service for sure. Smaller companies which don’t transmit as much sensitive information should use a public cloud instead.