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The pros and cons of “The cloud”


June 2, 2015

Although you may have heard about The Cloud, you may not be familiar with all of the different kinds. The Private Cloud, Public Cloud, and the Hybrid Cloud, while very similar, have different pros and cons.

Public is generally the most well-known and straightforward in terms of cloud computing. It is the easiest to set up and access and the scalability is usually one of the main reasons for companies choosing to use this resource. It is cost effective and very flexible. However, because of this flexibility and ability for third party use, it can be unreliable and less secure.

Private, on the other hand, is great for businesses who are concerned about knowing exactly where their data is stored and having control over their data in terms of who has access. The Private Cloud is organization specific, there is more reliability, and it is customizable. However, like the Public Cloud, it has its negatives. For example, the private cloud is more costly and it requires IT expertise to manage.

Hybrid allows for a mix of both. It presents balance, convenience, and security. Because of this, experts are predicting that in 2015, there will be a huge rise in the number of enterprises using hybrid cloud services.

Read more about the pros and cons of the different cloud models here.