If you’re interested in converting your infrastructure and applications over to the cloud, enterprise cloud computing offers exhaustive options for you. This type of IT operating environment allows a single point of control, making things much easier and more seamless. It also has the benefits of using a public cloud platform while also harnessing value from private offerings. Because of the flexibility and scalability that enterprise cloud computing provides, many IT departments are transitioning to this solution. We can see this phenomenon just by using the graph below, which shows that the total revenue of enterprise cloud computing is expected to surpass $900 billion by 2025.
According to Gartner, 80% of enterprises will completely transition from on-site data storage to cloud infrastructure by 2025, so it’s important to learn about the different types of cloud computing and how they can enhance your organization. But what are the different types, and how can they help you? Let’s dive into the various forms of enterprise cloud computing solutions so it’s easier to determine which is right for your business.
Private cloud computing is one that’s owned by a single business, and it can either be hosted externally or in-house. This type is most beneficial for large businesses that need higher levels of security, more customization options, and greater computing power. According to Kazzcade’s 2022 Cloud Migration Study, only 17% of the IT professionals surveyed used a single private cloud provider, compared to 27% that used multiple private clouds [see graph below for more details]. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of this particular model:
- Most secure type of cloud computing
- Customizable to the organization
- More control over servers
- Easily tuned to meet performance requirements
- Less risk of disruption to company operations
- Most expensive option
- Higher maintenance requirements
A public cloud, in comparison, is a shared model. This type is available on-demand to anyone in the organization with access to it. Typically, smaller businesses lean toward this model for how it utilizes pay-per-usage since it saves money and is more scalable due to its available space. Here’s what you need to know about public cloud computing.
- More cost-effective
- Cloud service provider handles management
- Greater scalability
- Not confined to geographical limits
- Not as customizable
- Shared server = less security
- Less control over servers
- More susceptible to disruption
A hybrid cloud combines both public and private clouds, taking the best of both as a modified cloud computing solution. This creates a more seamless and flexible system, which many businesses can benefit from. With the option of on-premises and shared servers, you’re less limited to your geographical location and can still prioritize security. In our 2022 Cloud Migration study mentioned above, 26% of the respondents said they use a hybrid model. Here are the pros and cons of this cloud system.
- Offers flexibility
- More secure than just the public cloud
- Greater infrastructure efficiency
- Communication between public and private servers can clash
- Can be difficult to implement and maintain
Choosing the Right Cloud Computing Solution
After reviewing these options, you may feel one is better than the others for what you need. Though there are many factors to consider, you should now have a better idea of what type of cloud solution is best suited for your company.
While some small businesses may choose a public cloud due to its low cost and higher scalability, others may need the higher security that a private or hybrid option can provide. As part of your research, Kazzcade can work with you to find the right computing technology you need in a streamlined and efficient way.
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