If you want fast response, flexibility and global enterprise solutions, the public cloud provides even more business opportunities in addition to these benefits. Many businesses have upgraded to using a public cloud solution because it’s scalable, cost-effective and allows for instant provisioning. You can expand a server quickly to adjust for more performance or you can decrease performance to satisfy your budget.
Public Cloud Computing
Most public clouds are used as web servers for developers because they don’t have to deal with as much security risks since they aren’t saving any customer information. However, private clouds offer a single-tenant environment where the storage, hardware and network are dedicated to a single client. Since the public cloud is for multiple tenants, you can share the resources with a numbner of different employees, clients or other tenants.
There are a few different reasons to enjoy public clouds. One of the main benefits is that it gives you more room when you need it.
- More utility: You can pay-as-you-go and build a cloud solution that fits your business entirely. You can pay by the hour for the resources that you use. If you are spinning up and tearing down servers on a daily basis, weekly basis or even monthly basis, then this would be a better solution for your development team.
- No contracts: Most public clouds allow you to pay by the hour, so if you want to shut down after two hours of use, then there isn’t a contract making you stay on.
- Build whatever you like on the public cloud and take it with you. If you need more space for a demonstration, the public cloud is a great way to make that happen efficiently.
There are some drawbacks to using the public cloud:
- Shared hardware: Public clouds are multi-tenant environments, which means that you do share storage, hardware and network devices with other tenants in the cloud. It can be difficult to meet SOX or PCI compliance requirements on the public cloud.
- No control over hardware: You can’t actually control how well the hardware or storage performs. Your public cloud server is placed on another network and any hardware as determined by the hosting provider. With Virtual Stacks, we always guarantee fast performance with 100 percent uptime.
- Self managed: Another fact is that public clouds are typically managed by the business that uses them. If you are a technical buyer, this is cheaper on you, but if not, you may have to hire someone to help you with the management aspect of a public cloud. Virtual Stacks provides support for their public cloud environments.
Private Cloud Computing
Private cloud has the automatic advantage of being a single-tenant environment where you are the only one who has access to hardware, storage and network resources. These are dedicated to you or your company as a single entity delivering all of their power right to your system.
There are a few different benefits for private clouds. These include:
- Security: Private clouds have more security because they are dedicated to a single organization. All of the data is protected by the security protocols that you set up and cannot be accessed by anyone else in the cloud environment since none of the resources are shared.
- Compliance: If you want to deploy things like Sarbanes, Oxley, HIPAA and PCI compliance, you can. This isn’t possible with public cloud because it is shared resources. Private resources makes this much more secure and easier to manage.
- Customizable: You can also specify performance, storage, hardware and network stability with your private cloud server. You can customize it to be exactly what you need for your business and development projects.
- Hybrid solutions: Many of the hybrid cloud environments out there use private clouds with dedicated servers. This means that you can have both a dedicated and virtual server solution. You can customize a hybrid solution with Virtual Stacks any time.
One drawback to private clouds is that they are not on a pay-as-you-go model. This means that you do have to pay for the cloud upfront and provision all of the resources at one time, though you can customize and scale as you need to. All types of businesses can benefit from a private cloud because they have better security and compliance characteristics that you can’t get with the public cloud.
If you are thinking of getting a cloud solution for your business, you should consider what you want to do with a cloud server and whether you need short-term or long-term resources. Virtual Stacks offers both options for you to utilize, and we offer affordable packages for any cloud server.