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Comparing Different Cloud Architecture Types

By Michelle Ziperstein

If you are new to the idea of cloud computing, or if you are considering a different type of cloud architecture, then this article is for you. By now, most people are familiar with the concept of a cloud-based data center that hosts files and rents out computing power to businesses. There is, however, a number of possible cloud types that may be the right choice for a company, depending on its profile.

This article will discuss the three cloud architecture types - public, private, and hybrid, the differences among them, and situations where each works best.

The Public Cloud

In the public cloud model, you are provided with secure virtualized hosting via a server that scales to meet all of your business's growth demands. Like any type of cloud computing, one benefit of the public cloud is that your company no longer needs to build and maintain its own network, nor does it have to employ staff to do so, which translates into huge cost savings for many companies. The public cloud has other benefits as well, such as:

Pay by the hour pricing
API access, which allows you to spin up and kill servers as needed
Ease of deployment - it's all done through the provider's website

However, you do have to be careful, because security issues and fraud due to public access may cause problems from time to time.

The Private Cloud

In the private cloud, each customer is assigned a unique, secure, and dedicated computing environment completely firewalled off from the outside world. Some benefits of private cloud computing are:

Increased security
You own and control your own space
You can still easily scale your business without exponentially increasing IT costs

The private cloud does reduce IT costs, but it may not do so as well as the public cloud.

The Hybrid Cloud

What a hybrid cloud actually is depends on the needs of your business and the way you discuss them with your prospective cloud hosting service. In hybrid cloud computing, you work with your host to develop the most effective solution for your business. Benefits of the hybrid cloud include:

Solutions customized to exactly what you need
Reduced costs versus your own internal network
Fully scalable to any size

To determine which cloud you should use, you really have to engage in regular discussions with your IT team and identify your business's top needs. Once you identify those needs, then you can choose the cloud computing solution and potential data center service that works best for you and your company. Come to our website to learn more about what data centers and cloud computing can do for your business.

This article is written and presented by Michelle Ziperstein, Marketing Communications manager for Cervalis, a co-location, business continuity and disaster recovery data center company that provides cloud computing and emergency data solutions to financial firms and other businesses that can't afford down-time. Find out more at our website, [the website www.cervalis.com cannot be found].

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