Data Center Migration: Choosing Between Public and Private Clouds

Data Center Migration: Choosing Between Public and Private Clouds

cloud securityThough most IT decision makers seem to understand the overall benefits delivered by the cloud, the debate between deploying a public, private or hybrid cloud continues to be a source of confusion for many executives. 

In order to make a well-informed decision on which type of cloud to implement, it helps to understand the differences between public and private cloud services and the pros and cons of each option.

ACE IT Solutions put together to help executives make an informed decision as they plan their migration to the cloud.

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Public Cloud
In a public cloud the client’s infrastructure or applications are hosted at the cloud provider’s data center or data centers and is delivered via the Internet. The core cloud infrastructure is shared between many organizations, but each organization’s data and application usage is logically segregated so only authorized users are permitted access.

The public cloud is a good fit for cost-conscious companies looking to increase redundancy, decrease provisioning time for new servers, save capital by eliminating hardware support contracts, and enjoy quick expandability compared to hosting their own physical servers. Because public clouds usually charge a monthly or yearly usage fee, smaller businesses and startups enjoy the pay-as-you-go flexibility that a public cloud service offers.

Pros
Simplicity
Cost
Low maintenance
Reduced down time

Cons
Control
Speed
Security
Compliance
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Private Cloud
The private cloud provides the same benefits of the public cloud, but uses dedicated, private hardware. The computing infrastructure is hosted on a private platform that is not shared with other organizations. By taking advantage of virtualization technology, administrators can easily provision memory, networking, and storage resources and maintain control over the entire computing environment.

Because an environment with dedicated resources provides a higher level of control, a private cloud platform can be ideal for enterprises working with multiple applications involving mission-critical workloads. Private clouds are popular with highly-regulated industries such as financial institutions which are generally more comfortable having their data on a dedicated infrastructure and physically separated from other businesses.

Pros
Control/Customization
Security
Compliance
Performance

Cons
Cost
Maintenance
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Hybrid Cloud
A hybrid cloud provides a “best of both worlds” solution for businesses as it combines features of both private and public clouds. An organization keeps some of its operations in-house or in a private cloud in a data center while utilizing public cloud services for other, less sensitive operations. In a hybrid cloud, businesses can take advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness of the public cloud while keeping mission critical applications in the private cloud.

Which is best for your business?
Businesses must consider points such as business criticality of applications they use, regulatory and compliance issues, required service levels, usage patterns for the workloads and how essential applications will integrate with other business functions. It is highly recommended that businesses consult with a trusted IT partner to determine which cloud platform — public, private or hybrid — will best suit the business’ needs and budget.

ACE IT Solutions understand that there is no one-size-fits all solution. We evaluate each organization’s unique needs and budget to help them find and deploy the best cloud solution for their business.

Through our closely-vetted technology partners, ACE IT Solutions is able to offer best-of breed-technologies that provide the highest-level of quality, reliability and security. Contact us at 646-558-5575 or for more information and a free assessment.

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