Lost in the Cloud Part II: Public Cloud

Welcome to Part II of the Lost in the Cloud blog series.  In today’s entry, we will go over  the Public Cloud or shared cloud, in more detail.  As a quick refresher, let’s look at the general description of the Public Cloud first:

Public Cloud
Refers to what could also be called a shared cloud. The idea here is that your storage or processing needs are hosted on servers that also handle other customers. Your organization, for example, could spin up its own database on a public cloud, while behind the scenes the cloud provider was hosting your database on a large server that also held data for dozens of other organizations. One benefit of public cloud solutions is that the sharing of resources should translate into lower costs.

Now that we know the overlying features, we can go into them in a little more detail.  We will first look at the fact that with Public Cloud, your data is stored on servers that also handle other customers.  What this means is you don’t have the specific server(s) your data is stored on for yourself.  While you occupy some space on the server(s) you do not own the entirety of it like you would with a Private Cloud.  Other companies or customers also use space on the server; think of it as having a roommate in an apartment; there are others living in the same space.  While this will not give you the top security that is available, it does translate into better value for what you want.  This could mean it’s less expensive because you only pay for what you need, or that you’re getting more resources for your money if you need a lot of space.

Public Cloud helps cut down on your personal hardware costs as well.  It’s a general consensus that cloud computing is moving software away from hardware.  In reality, it isn’t moving away from hardware at all, only the location of that hardware.  You used to have to copy all of your files on new computers or disks whenever you made a switch.  Now with your data stored on the cloud, you can access it anywhere.  So while there is less hardware for you to worry about, the information is still being placed on hardware in data centers, where it can be shared by hundreds of thousands of people simultaneously.

Another great benefit of the Public Cloud is the ability to instantly scale your cloud to meet your needs.  This comes in handy when you are expecting a spike in website traffic.  By being able to instantly add more space, RAM, and bandwidth, you can feel safe knowing your website won't crash when the extra traffic hits.  It also works on the reverse, so you can scale down if you need to at any given time.  At SingleHop, we even offer a one of a kind automation application called Leap3 to help with your scalability needs.  This industry leading infrastructure management platform allows you to design, deploy and manage your solutions from anywhere at anytime.

It's hard to get away from the Public Cloud these days.  You probably use it every day and don’t even realize. While hosting companies, like SingleHop, provide Public Cloud services for companies and organizations, there are also Public Cloud applications you use everyday that are hosted by huge organizations like Google and Apple.  Have all your songs loaded on Spotify?  Or how about all of your documents loaded into Google Drive? Those are both examples of Public Cloud applications; you can access your data from anywhere at anytime, and are not using your own hardware to host the information, it’s all part of the Public Cloud technology.

What are your thoughts on the Public Cloud? Is it something you use, or plan on using?  Let us know what you think in the comments section below.  Or you can give us your feedback on our Facebook page, or send us a message on Twitter @SingleHop.  Be sure to check our blog regularly for industry news and insights, and tune in next week for Lost in the Cloud Part III: Private Cloud.