In the previous blog we thoroughly discussed the several layers of the Cloud. In this blog we would like to tell you more about the different Cloud structures: Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud. With this blog we will try to create a clear picture of these different Cloud structures, to facilitate your choice of the best Cloud structure for your company.

Do you ever wonder which Cloud structure would be best for your company?

Depending on the type of data your company works with, you want to compare Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud structures in terms of the different levels of security and management required.

Public Cloud

With this Cloud structure you offer the user a shared infrastructure, which means that you as a client do not own this hardware or software. You basically rent a small piece of an external server. This also allows other companies to use the same server, however, your company data is secure and only accessible for the staff of your company. As a Public Cloud user you have the ability to pay as you go by increasing or decreasing your storage capacity for example. The provider of the Public Cloud structure manages the overall capacity and even keeps track of updates and maintenance. This allows you to keep working without the stress of managing the infrastructure of your Cloud. A few examples of a Public Cloud structure are Gmail, office365, Microsoft Azure and vBoxxCloud.

Security
+ Stabile and powerful platform
+ Usually up-to-date security/policy
– Sharing the hardware with other users
– Your data on someone else’s server
Management
+ Flexible
+ Easy to use
+ Cost-efficient
– No personalized environment

Private Cloud

With the Private Cloud infrastructure the underlying hardware is dedicated to you, so you do not have to share it with other companies. The infrastructure can be custom-made and delivered for any specific purpose. The server itself is in the possession of the provider or the user and even the management of the software is dependent on the clients’ requests. This can be done by the user or provider. Additionally, this type of Cloud also gives the user complete control over the security and management regarding the hard- and software. A simple example of a Private Cloud structure is the well-known dedicated e-mail server, such as Microsoft Exchange.

Security
+ Complete Control
– Costs are higher due to own maintenance
– No automatic update
Management
+ Designed to the customer’s needs
– Not much flexibility with the capacity
– IT knowledge required

Hybrid Cloud

The Hybrid Cloud is a combination of the Public and Private Cloud; due to standardized technology both structures can be connected, which allows the combination of the best features of both Cloud structures. For example, the user can deploy a Private Cloud for business collaboration applications and connect it to a Public Cloud as storage for e-mail data. By means of a suitable technical solution the end-user is not aware which Cloud structure is currently being used, making the work process more goal-oriented and effective. The Hybrid Cloud is still a relatively new concept, resulting in the other Cloud structures and their inherent limitations slowly being replaced by this new model. This guarantees a perfect match for the requirements of each specific client.

This blog has roughly outlined the different Cloud structures and their differences. vBoxx as a hosting provider is able to provide all of these structures. Let us know if you would like an online meeting to discuss the possibilities of the Cloud for your business.

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