Public Cloud Vs Private Cloud
In being relatively new to the industry, there’s been somewhat of a learning curve. I’ve found that it’s sometimes hard to keep up when the key differentiators between public and private cloud are somewhat unclear, so I’m hoping to give some color on the topic. Hopefully this insight will help you choose the best cloud product for your business.
Let’s start with some definitions:
Public cloud: Shared cloud instance on a dedicated server that offers scalability and data redundancy (i.e. clients do not have to purchase more resources than needed at a given instance)
Private cloud: Dedicated machine with virtualization installed and ready to use on deployment. Features configured virtual environment which allows client more control over internal configuration.
Now, to get into the real-world differences, or pluses and minuses. The obvious advantage of a public cloud is first and foremost scalability. On a public cloud you will have the freedom of a practically infinite platform as far as scaling your resources is concerned. Let’s take for example a particular occasion when your website could spike in traffic enormously. If you were on a private cloud you would not have the luxury and ease of managing those unpredictable instances which prompt you to scale RAM or CPU instantly. Why? The public cloud not only lets you scale up or down at any given instance, but also allows you to set your own limits with auto scaling. If your traffic should peak at random hours of the day or night, you will automatically be scaled up to adjust for the increase. With that said, if the highest priority in picking the right solution for you is scalability, you should seriously consider the benefits that public cloud has to offer.
On the other hand, you also have the option of utilizing a private cloud depending on your specific requirements. As you might know, SingleHop’s private cloud product is built on a dedicated server. The fact that it is dedicated based means that you will undoubtedly have a more reliable product where security could never in your wildest imagination be a concern, purely by the fact that you are the sole user of that hardware. PCI or HIPPA compliance solutions are perfect examples of a definite need for a private cloud. This is not to say by any means that public cloud is unsecure, but it’s become clear that some users are not yet fully comfortable with the public cloud. The truth of the matter is that consumers dare not take the risk in most situations when needing secure options. A private cloud gives you the peace of mind as well as the opportunity to baby step into a public cloud if a need should be there in the future.
If you read through this and still feel that neither is the perfect solution for you that might be true. The options of just public cloud or private cloud aren’t always your best bet. What we’re looking to do here at SingleHop is not have this either/or attitude, because we feel that both solutions are beneficial. With that in mind, we’ve really built our latest products to facilitate hybrid solutions, where we allow clients to place more scalable services (like a webserver) into the public cloud, but your more secure and more fixed usage services like your database into a private cloud. I believe it’s helpful to understand the differences between the two platforms, but our belief is that the real solutions that are both scalable, secure, and cost-effective come from a hybrid approach.
Thanks for reading,