There are many definitions of the cloud. Businesses have a tough time determining where to keep their applications and data in the new cloud environment. In reality most companies will have hybrid clouds for a long time.
A private cloud allows a company to store data and applications on its own servers managed in a service providers data center with a shared infrastructure. If you have built custom applications within your organization you will most definitely want to move to a private cloud. You can access your applications via a browser if your application is browser based. If you have a client server application then you will need tap into the virtual layer which slows performance down.
Pros – Faster response time during outages, shorter development cycles for changes.
Cons – More expensive, more technical support, responsible for security to applications.
Companies don’t need the technical skill set to manage data centers and hardware but they do need the technical knowledge to manage the OS, application and security.
Public Cloud –
A public cloud option means that you share the business application software, data center, hardware and operating system. This is the Software as a Service (SaaS) model.
Pros – Very cost effective, scalable, less technical support, not responsible for security. Small companies have access to leading software that might otherwise be too expensive to acquire.
Cons – Longer response times during outages, longer development cycle to changes. Need to define clear escalation procedures with your vendor.
You still need a good understanding of where your data resides and be mindful of the contracts you have with your SaaS providers.
Hybrid Cloud –
A hybrid cloud solution is more realistic for larger organizations with legacy applications. The business process around the application and the type of the application will dictate what type of cloud solution the business needs. During this type of evaluation you will need to decide if you want to migrate to a SaaS solution or keep your existing application. Existing applications can be moved to managed data centers.
Pros – Ample flexibility in architecting your overall IT structure.
Con – You will need technical resources that understand both private and public clouds to help you architect this solution.
Figuring out the cloud game, public, private or hybrid, is different for each company. Having the basic understanding of the options will help you ask the right questions and find the right resources to help your business. If you’re not sure where your company fits in the cloud, tap into Gizmo Global’s cloud advisory services, and we’ll help you with the change that makes sense for your business.
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