Strange Clouds

The cloud is quite possibly one of the easiest methods of computing for any type of professional business. We are constantly being asked to back up our sign in or share with this all knowing “cloud”. What you might not have realized is that there is more than one type of cloud, each complete with their own set of benefits. These are divided up into three groups: “public clouds”, “private clouds”, and “hybrid clouds”. The public cloud is the most popular cloud. The concept of sharing is relatively simple. It is mainly used for high speed and easy access with pay as you go features. Some drawbacks of the public cloud are it’s third party operation. This means that the cloud is not structured to be reserved for any one business, person, or enterprise. The entire nature of the public cloud is sharing. This means that while the public cloud is highly flexible, it is also not nearly as well protected or reliable. There have recently been reported as having several hiccups. So they are best used for sharing large amounts of information that doesn’t come with extremely strict data security policies.

The private cloud is ideal for companies who require more specificity and control over what they are sharing. There is a much less broad audience; the infrastructure is maintained in privately hosted venues, such as data centers. Certain people are assigned to keep an eye on the data and the boundaries surrounding it. Reliability can be increased by the strong service level agreements offered through private clouds. Of course higher security, reliability, and customizable options come with a higher price tag and some IT knowledge in order to maintain the private cloud.

The hybrid cloud is quite obviously a combination of sorts. You can pull from both types of clouds in order to find the sharing method that best suits your businesses needs. This would allow the heavy security items, such as payment information to be placed into a private could and the less sensitive things, say viral images, to be placed in a public cloud. Enterprise cloud providers heavily endorse these types of clouds. They are also highly cost effective because they do not lock you into one type of sharing and allow you to spend the money where it is most needed. Hybrid clouds are the new and most popular type of sharing for companies in the future.

Blog By: Leah Griffin

Source: Mashable