Pros and Cons of the Public and the Private Cloud Services
Today’s companies are aware of how important the digital services are to their business. In fact, most of them are now relying their data on storage to the Cloud services. The IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study revealed that investment in cloud solutions in large-scale enterprises rose by 19% with an overall average spending of $3.3 million. It is expected that 24% of IT budgets will be allocated to cloud services this year, with the biggest allocated budget to SaaS models.
Although a number of companies are expected to spend on Cloud services, many are still hesitant to invest in completely. The first problem: Public or Private Cloud? The second problem: What’s the pros and cons of each cloud service? Lastly, which of the two are more effective? Public Cloud Amongst the tech solutions readily available to companies, the public cloud is one that is highly maximized by many institutions especially by startups.
Reasons Why They Opt To Choose The Public Cloud Service
- Ease of use
- Cost-effective (usually it’s free)
- Internet-friendly (can be through Wi-Fi or data connection)
Public cloud is now more readily available to users, as most mobile tech manufacturers like Apple and Samsung have started incorporating their latest mobile devices with their propriety or partnered built-in cloud storage. The iPhone 6s Plus and its pre-built iCloud Drive app is creating the most buzz currently online.
According to a published post by O2, the new handsets run iOS 9 that comes with a free 5GB iCloud service. It is still secured with the two-way authentication process using the scanned and recorded fingerprint of the owner on the Home button or by typing the passcode. Similarly, most Android devices are now built with Google services, which includes the Google Drive and Microsoft incorporated into their Windows mobile devices their propriety Skydrive. However, many large-scale enterprises are yet to be convinced by the public cloud. Here are the following reasons:
- Unreliable (especially when an update is rolled out)
- Unsecure (susceptible to hackers and viruses)
- Limited storage (only for 5GB, 10GB or max of 15 GB free memory)
Private Cloud: For those companies who want to take full control of their files, the private cloud offers them digital data storage based on their own preference with added layers of security.
Features That Private Cloud Offers To Companies
- Quick assistance (be treated as a VIP by the provider)
- Full customization (the service meets the specific needs of the business)
- In control (decide which features and structure are vital to your organization)
Among the advantages of the private cloud, the data security is the top reason why enterprises select this service over the public one. According to research entitled “Cloud Security Spotlight Report,” organizations said that the top public cloud adoption barrier is the security concerns (45%), followed by data loss and leakage risks (41%), while 31 % said their inability to control the features and customize it to their needs is another factor. However, it also has its own failings, which startup companies may find difficult to adhere to. Here are some of the drawbacks of the private cloud service: - Costly (premium service always comes with an expensive price tag) - Requires IT experts (additional cost on your end as the features are not easy to use and requires an expert knowledge)
Company guidelines for Cloud adoption Before completely adopting cloud computing in your company, there are a few things you need to consider to ensure that you are prepared for this service.
- Make sure that all personnel understand how the system works. Start a pilot project in a specific sector/department, and prepare for staff training.
- Inform the employees of the risks and the importance of using cloud services, especially the risk of accessing company files via public Wi-Fi.
- Set a specific guideline to the type of files that you can share, access, and receive via the Cloud.
- Do not apply the service to everything. Not all files, application, and/or functions belong to the Cloud.
- Before signing up for a service, run a thorough side-by-side comparison of various Cloud services in order to get the best solution that fits your business’ needs.
What’s your thought about public and private cloud computing? For more tips and news about IT, cloud computing, big data, and business tech, subscribe to our blog.