The Great Cloud Debate: Public, Private, or Hybrid?

The Great Cloud Debate: Public, Private, or Hybrid?

Many organizations are choosing to migrate to the cloud for their IT needs, but not all cloud options are created equal. Businesses considering a move to the cloud need to consider their requirements and examine their options in order to maximize the value of their cloud deployment.

Cloud services fall into three broad categories: public, private, and hybrid. Following is a summary of each.

Private Cloud

As its name suggests, the private cloud is a dedicated service designed to work within one organization. The upside of a private cloud is that it allows an organization to maintain control of infrastructure, software, and applications.

The private cloud model provides resources that are always available, as well as lifecycle management and hybrid application deployments. Multiple business units can access private cloud resources.

Private cloud is ideal for organizations that must maintain tight control of their network resources for compliance and security reasons. Those benefits come with a cost, however — specifically, a high initial deployment cost and responsibility for designing and operating the system on an ongoing basis.

Public Cloud

For organizations that don’t need such a high level of control, public cloud offers a more affordable and accessible option that shares costs among many users. The public cloud can be used for application testing, on-demand resource availability, and supplementation of private cloud activities.

Public cloud deployments are perfect for organizations that want an easy deployment that gives them access to scalable resources at a predictable, recurring cost with little to no upfront investment. But because of its shared nature, the public cloud may not be safe for sensitive data. Further, organizations need to carefully monitor their bill so that unexpected charges don’t start to creep up.

Hybrid Cloud

Like so many things in life, often the best solution is not one or the other, but instead a little bit of both. Such is the case with the hybrid cloud model, which incorporates some of the security and control features of the private cloud with the ease of use and endless resources of the public cloud. The hybrid cloud often is used to provide resources on the public cloud when day-to-day private cloud activity spikes. It can also be used to segregate tiered back-end and web resources.

The obvious advantage of a hybrid approach is that it allows the organization to pick and choose which resources to run on a public cloud vs. a private cloud while reaping the benefits of both. However, hybrid solutions do require organizations to manage both platforms and make sure they are being used in an organized and harmonized way. Implementing an analysis process can help organizations achieve the right balance between the two environments.


The cloud is the latest and greatest IT innovation, and organizations are clamoring to reap its benefits. But one size does not fit all.

A careful analysis of the company’s needs, budget, and security requirements can help reveal which environment will be the most effective and provide the most benefit. Contact us to find out more about which cloud environment is the best fit for your organization.

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