In today’s business world, it is important that your business employs cloud technology in some form. Infrastructure as a software gives businesses access to cloud storage which is scalable and accessible. Software as a service allows companies to access online applications and software such as Salesforce, DropBox, and Google Apps. Platform as a service is used to develop, run, and manage applications virtually. No matter which application you are utilizing cloud technology for, you will have to decide if you want to trust a public or private cloud.
Public clouds utilize software which is managed by a third-party provider and are most often utilized by small to medium sized businesses. The biggest benefit for companies utilizing this technology is that it is scalable. This means that you only pay for the amount of storage you need, and you can adjust that amount as your business grows. Cost savings also come from the eliminated server maintenance requirements. This includes the costs associated with machine maintenance as well as the labor involved with the management of this information. Additionally, because there are multiple parties contributing to this management, the management, hardware, and software will typically be newer and more advanced. This often means that the facility that hosts the cloud software is more secure from temperature variation, damage, and security threats. However, there will also be more frequent attempts to attack this type of environment, which raises many concerns.
Private clouds are managed on site, and many larger businesses enjoy the amount of control and storage space they gain from utilizing them. Because only one organization uses the cloud, there can be a variety of security measures implemented within this software. Companies can also add additional features and customize it if they wish. Building these servers may be done in-house or outsourced, but the management must be done in-house. If this management is done proactively and a strong focus is placed on security, businesses can trust that it is more secure than public options. The biggest disadvantage to this environment is the large upfront cost of buying and installing the hardware.
In addition to public and private clouds another option is available. Hybrid cloud servers combine the best aspects of each offering. In this type of infrastructure, each cloud offering operates independently and the two communicate via an encrypted connection. Businesses enjoy the ability to store more sensitive data on their private servers and utilize the public cloud for data that exceeds storage capability. Savings are achieved through this method because there will be fewer costs associated with the hardware, the physical environment, and the third party provider.
No matter which type of cloud infrastructure your business wishes to utilize, trust the Westech team for help! We have experience in providing the hardware, expertise, and relationship management skills necessary to provide a seamless cloud environment. To learn more about how this technology has benefitted other businesses or to find out how it can help yours specifically, contact us today!
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