Understanding “the Cloud” 2.0: Hybrid, Public, & Private Clouds

The cloud is no doubt a difficult concept to wrap your head around. And when the terms hybrid cloud, public cloud, and private cloud get thrown around, it can become even more confusing. So what exactly is the cloud? The cloud is more or less the Internet, specially all the things you can access remotely through the Internet. When we say something is stored in the cloud, that means it is stored on internet servers rather than a hard drive on your computer.

What is a hybrid cloud?

Hybrid cloud is simply a mixed method of storing and computing services that is made up of and utilizes both the public and private cloud. The primary benefit of using the hybrid cloud is the ability to adapt. Using a hybrid cloud allows your business to store protected or long-term data on a private cloud, while still being able to store other less sensitive data in the public cloud. Your business may need the agility to combine public clouds and private clouds to achieve a competitive advantage.

What is the public cloud?

The public cloud is computing and storing services available to anyone who wants to use or purchase them, offered by third-party providers over the Internet. Advantages of using the public cloud include low or no cost and reliability, while the disadvantages include less control over your data.

What is a private cloud?

Private cloud refers to a model of cloud computing where the cloud is set up for the internal use of a single organization. The biggest advantage of using a private cloud is increased security. A private cloud also offers greater control and customization than the public cloud. However, setting up a private cloud is more expensive than using a public cloud, and requires more internal responsibility as well.

Is your business ready for a hybrid cloud?

Combining the use of public and private clouds may be the IT solution your company needs. From cloud consulting to cloud construction, our experts are ready to help you achieve that next level of storage services. Visit our IT cloud solutions page for more information on how we can help.