Choosing the right cloud infrastructure for your business
- Shruti Bhatnagar
Enterprise cloud computing system has now become a household term of sorts for many businesses worldwide. What emerged as an additional supporting technology to take the load off their on-premise enterprise IT systems is now an indispensable technology for modern businesses to be truly digital and prepare for the future.
According to Gartner, the cloud application services (SaaS) market has grown significantly from 85.7 billion USD in 2018 to 133 billion USD in 2021. And the trend keeps on growing with each passing year because of massive digital transformation, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the biggest mistakes companies make is rushing towards creating a cloud ecosystem without prior research. Not only does it result in lower returns from your cloud computing infrastructure, but it also puts a huge dent in your company’s budget.
To help you avoid the common mistakes with cloud adoption and migration, this blog will give you some crucial insights on various cloud computing infrastructures and their key differences so that you can choose the right one for your business.
Types of Cloud Infrastructures
In a private cloud computing environment, all hardware and software resources are licensed exclusively to, and accessible only by, a single customer/enterprise. The biggest strength of a private cloud network is its added data security and multi-layered customization. As we deploy it for only one organization, the company gets complete control over its functionality and designs it to meet its unique IT requirements. Having a remote server also ensures that your data stays within your organization and is distributed across the private system using the intranet.
So, is the private cloud right for you?
Well, if your organization is willing to spend on its own internal server and in-house cloud administrators, then a private cloud infrastructure may work for your business. Unfortunately, it requires spending a heavy chunk of your budget and significant office space to run a private server successfully. Hiring a team of capable cloud technicians is non-negotiable for your server’s regular maintenance. Also, having separate network infrastructures, data centers, and software licenses adds further costs to your overall budget.
Deploying private cloud infrastructure is also rather challenging compared to a public network as it requires connections to multiple data sources, while taking significant time and expertise to deploy it correctly. Increased security on a private cloud server also means significant limitations to its remote work capabilities, especially for retrieving data on smartphones and mobile devices. Security is also a major consideration for businesses, especially large enterprises with complex business models, and industries such as banking, for instance, where there is a large amount of data to be handled and strict regulations on how it is processed. Additionally, it is also used by government bodies to store the sensitive data of millions of people with maximum security.
As the name suggests, a hybrid network lets you enjoy the benefits of multiple clouds working in harmony to achieve your business objectives. It’s an IT architecture that incorporates two or more cloud computing environments and seamlessly blends their functionality to give you a complex network of cloud computing ecosystems.
Sounds complicated? Let’s simplify it by understanding how a hybrid cloud ecosystem works.
A hybrid cloud infrastructure uses a Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), Virtual Private Network, and Application Programming Interface (API) to connect multiple devices together. These devices are then connected to multiple digital servers using virtualization and data centers to create a network of interconnected data streams that can be configured to mimic business processes. As it’s connected to multiple cloud platforms, you can allocate the data management processes to various cloud systems for uninterrupted operations in case of uncertainties.
An ideal cloud infrastructure should comprise one private and one public cloud infrastructure to give your business the best of both worlds. The private cloud system helps keep your data safe from external threats, and public cloud infrastructure provides impeccable third-party support and multi-device availability. The biggest strength of such hybrid cloud networks is their limitless scalability. You can manage sudden spikes and lows in demand without putting excessive pressure on your cloud systems as you can allocate multiple cloud platforms quickly and reliably to handle fluctuating workloads.
However, like every cloud infrastructure, it too has its drawbacks and limitations. First, having multiple cloud deployments means difficulty in maintaining adequate security. Therefore, it’s not recommended for companies dealing with highly confidential information as you can’t identify where your data is being utilized. Hybrid cloud networks also have hidden costs as operational visibility is limited. Hence, it may prove expensive in the long run if you’re not monitoring the cloud processes regularly.
Public cloud is the most cost-effective, reliable, and efficient cloud system commonly preferred by small to medium enterprises. But what makes it a popular choice?
For starters, a public cloud is a computing service provided by third-party providers using the public internet, making it accessible for anyone who wants to have their own customized cloud system. Public cloud networks use a pay-per-usage pricing system as companies only have to pay for CPU cycles, storage, and bandwidth they use, making it more cost-effective compared to its peers.
Your third-party cloud service vendor, like ZeaCloud, AWS, or Azure, for example, deploys, secures, and maintains the data flow throughout the organization on its own cloud infrastructure. Hence, choosing the right public cloud service provider plays an important role in your business’s online success.
Another great benefit of a public cloud network is its accessibility on various devices, including a smartphone. As it uses a public network platform to distribute company data, any employee within the organization with the right credentials can access company data from any device of their choice, which makes it especially ideal for remote work environments. It also provides virtually limitless scalability options to handle unpredictable business scenarios.
Of course, there are important things you must do Your cloud service provider must have multi-layered security protocols as the public cloud network is unsecured compared to the private network. As the platform is used by multiple other businesses at once, the company itself has no control over its maintenance and management. It has to be completely undertaken by an external managed service provider unless they spend significantly on building and retaining an in-house team of cloud experts to manage their infrastructure.
Fortunately, you can overcome all these issues by partnering with an experienced and competent managed cloud service provider.
We, at ZeaCloud, provide the most cost-effective and result-driven public cloud services with 360-degree support and 24/7 care.
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Understanding the key differences, advantages, and disadvantages of cloud infrastructures helps you make an informed decision on selecting the right cloud system for your business that gives desired results for years to come. I hope this blog helped you in finding your ideal cloud system.
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