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Private Cloud or Public Cloud — Yes!

3rd Tuesday, 2012  |   blog, IT Solutions  |  1 comment

private public cloud solutions“Are you on the cloud?”   “Are you virtualized yet?”   “How will your company use the cloud?”

Among businesses these questions are becoming more common and are actually legitimate and timely questions. The decision to go into the cloud has cost, productivity, and portability ramifications for any business regardless of size. Some will want to jump in before they really understand the best way to utilize the new technology, while others will be hesitant to make any changes at all. The question for every business should be, “How will I use this new technology to best advance our core business goals?”

Virtualization has now become the norm for a company’s servers. Now a company knows they can have one or two physical servers (V-hosts) running six to eight virtual servers or more and have more functionality with less cost. Virtualization saves money on the cost of hardware and software, saves on electricity and cuts down on cooling costs because less heat is being created. It also cuts down on maintenance because there are less moving parts to keep running.

The question of virtualization has now been answered. The next question for businesses is the use of the Cloud. It is not a matter of whether to use cloud technology or not but a matter of how much of our systems should be cloud-based and whether to use public or private clouds.

There are advantages and disadvantages to using a public or private cloud scenario. Public cloud offerings have the advantage of cost. It may cost a little less because they are able to use the same resources to offer a service to a lot of people. One disadvantage of using a public cloud was exemplified in the last couple months when Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud both went down at different times. Businesses that wholly depended on them were dead in the water; in the case of Azure they were down for over twelve hours! For more on outages, click HERE. Another disadvantage to the public cloud is security and control. A private cloud may cost a little more but the data is under the control of the company so the security and privacy is as tight as they want it to be. Also, there is more control over how the programs work, data is displayed, etc. Companies that have more stringent security requirements due to regulations such as HIPAA are better off using a private cloud because there are more DEMONSTRATIVE securities in place. Finally, some companies use applications that have unique requirements that cannot be met with off-the-shelf self-service public clouds. The decision then comes down to cost vs. control. That is why many companies use a mixture of public and private; sometimes the answer is a little of both and can be customized to get the costs down but still have control over the more important data.

The overall plan must be thought through with the understanding that one method will not solve all issues. Some processes work well on a public cloud and others work best on a virtualized server onsite. The Private Cloud infrastructure is one of the most versatile and beneficial of the cloud deployment models. It can be on premise or off or a combination of both. Certain data may be found on a shared private cloud while highly sensitive information may stay on site with encrypted off-site backups. Email and applications could be in a private or public cloud while AutoCAD files will most likely be kept onsite so they render and modify with little latency. The scenarios are endless and so are the solutions. All processes must be analyzed and the best solution for each must be explored. The final roadmap must be in place before implementation.  ThinkTankIT is, in many ways, the vCIO (Virtual Chief Information Officer) for many companies and can help put these roadmaps together for your company. We also host a secure private cloud that could fit many of your company’s needs. If you are in the Portland, OR  or Vancouver, WA area and would like a free consultation to see how your company can benefit from a solid Cloud solution, please call us at 360.213.0015 or email us at

One Comment

  1. Jimmy
    Apr 04, 2012

    This sounds like private clouds are the way to go. Are you saying to start with a private cloud and enhance with the public cloud?

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