Public and Private Cloud Computing Benefits
What is public and private cloud computing?
Firstly, cloud computing entails servers running software services that can be accessed via the Internet. Almost all of these types of services are metered, and are either charged on ‘pay-as-you-go’ or ‘usage’ based subscription.
Public cloud is typically defined by a third party provider offering a place for businesses to store or host their data and mission critical application. As a result; the provider takes on the responsibility for the data center.
Examples of public cloud services include:
Amazon Web Services: https://aws.amazon.com/
Microsoft Office365: https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/store/b/office365
Private cloud solutions (a.k.a hosted cloud) usually sits within the infrastructure; and used exclusively by the business which owns it. Service management and maintenance is provided and whole responsibility is in-house.
What is the benefit of cloud computing?
- Scalability: Adds the ability to increase or decrease services and online storage quickly and easily depending on current business circumstances.
- Business Continuity: Protects your data against physical environmental issue (natural disaster, power outage). Being able to access your data again quickly allows you to conduct business as usual, minimising any downtime and loss of productivity. All key to Business Continuity Planning (BCP).
- Lower IT costs: Using public cloud facilities means there isn’t any requirement to purchase or upgrade hardware. As a result, costs to run the physical hardware are less. Instead you’re ‘hiring’ this from the provider. Consequently; onsite IT staff and downtime for maintenance and upgrades reduce the overall cost as well.
Cloud and Online Storage for offsite backup
Utilising cloud services and online storage for backups ticks off a key component to any effective backup strategy – offsite backups. Historically offsite meant backing up to some form of removable media (e.g. tape, USB hard drive). Then a nominated employee would transport these backups away from the office (typically to their house). In conclusion, offsite backups to cloud can become automated and less of a burden overall as there is no longer any manual tasks to perform.
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