Defining the Cloud(s)


Sometimes the world of technology moves at a rapid pace (ok, it always moves that way). This can be good, but it also has it's drawbacks. One drawback is sometimes a word or phrase becomes common language but we don't really know what it means. But since everyone seems to know what it means, we can't really ask, can we?

Thankfully, MotherG's managed IT services clients know they can ask us the "obvious" questions and we'll gladly answer! Today we'll explain the difference between the private, public, and hybrid clouds.

The public cloud is the cloud model where you "share" space with other businesses or individuals. Your data and applications are secure and inaccessible by others, but you are utilizing the same storage space. Amazon's cloud is an example of a public cloud. You or your business can purchase space on a pay-as-you-go, scalable model. A major advantage of the public cloud is generally lower pricing and a minimal upfront cost.

The private cloud is the cloud model where cloud infrastructure is designed and operated just for you or your business. A company like MotherG could manage it, or you could possibly manage it internally. Private clouds may be hosted at an offisite facility (a data center for example). The private cloud is completely dedicated to your organization, and many people feel they have greater security with this model. The private cloud is almost always more expensive upfront.

A hybrid cloud is an IT infrastructure that is - you got it! - a mix of both private and public clouds. The clouds are separate, but have the same standards and technology, allowing the data to be portable. The major reason for a hybrid cloud is to reduce risk of relying on a single cloud.

This is obviously a very simplistic definition and explanation of private vs. public vs hybrid clouds. A reliable IT managed services provider (such as MotherG) can help walk you through what the cloud means to your company, and what your cloud strategy should be. There are pros and cons to every scenario, and every business will have a unique approach. The important thing is to make sure you have an IT partner who is helping you create that strategy.

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