Public or Private: Which Cloud is Best for Me?

November 8, 2018

The cloud isn’t a passing business trend. Since its humble beginnings, cloud storage has proven to be a major business benefit, providing scalability, flexibility, security and productivity for companies who use it. When you decide that the cloud is right for your business, the next question is just as important: "Is public or private cloud storage best for me?".

Public and private clouds offer different benefits, and you'll find the answer depends on your business needs, resources and goals. Start your research here, then contact us for a deeper discussion.

Public Cloud ServicePublic Cloud
What is it?

Public clouds are just that — publicly offered infrastructure owned by third-party vendors and shared by many different businesses. 

A Good Option for...

Businesses that need cloud services, but don't require strong security protections. Also, businesses that don't have the necessary resources (money and manpower) to allocate to managing and maintaining a cloud infrastructure.

Features to Love

Cloud Scalability
  • Cost-effective: many public clouds offer pay-as-you-go cost structures
  • Maintenance free: you don't own the infrastructure you use
  • Scalability: you can grow your business with virtually unlimited space

Be Aware of This

  • Hidden costs: some public clouds may charge extra for more bandwidth or equipment
  • Greater security risk: you share infrastructure with other companies on a public domain
  • No oversight: you have little to no ability to investigate the cloud provider's operations.

Essentially...

The public cloud is best for businesses that need the service, but don't need to be fully in control of the process. Start-ups, non-medical, non-legal and businesses that want to scale up on a budget could benefit from the public cloud. It's important to keep in mind that these features come at a cost — less control, potential for security breaches and vulnerable to your cloud provider and vendors' whims

 

Private Cloud Service
Private Cloud

What is it?

Cloud services offered via private IT infrastructure that's placed on company property or housed in the cloud provider's own data center.

A Good Option for...

Businesses looking for a customized level of service, enhanced security protections and a wish to avoid third-party vendors. These businesses should have the budget and personnel necessary to manage and maintain their private cloud. 

Features to Love

  • Customization: the equipment used is your own; no sharing with other businesses
  • Safety: you have greater security and protection from hacking
  • Compliance: you can meet regulatory standards specific to your industry
Be Aware of This
  • Higher initial costs: you may pay more at the beginning before the service becomes cost-effective
  • IT expertise needed: if your private cloud isn't fully managed, you'll have to hire IT employees
  • Capacity planning: you must account for current & future growth, and how it relates to what you'll have to buy in the future
Essentially…
 
The private cloud is a good option for businesses with robust security requirements such as law firms, medical practices and credit unions. It's also beneficial for businesses with strict compliance regulations, such as HIPAA and SSAE 18.  Although you'll have more autonomy, operating your own private cloud  requires time, money and manpower to effectively run. Planning is essential for this type of cloud service.
 

 The Best of Both Worlds

iVenture Private Cloud

The iVenture Private Cloud

What is it?

The iVenture Private Cloud offers you the best features of public and private cloud, along with fully managed services so you don't have to worry about maintaining it.

A Good Option for...

Our private cloud gives your business security, reliability, and scalability without the need to purchase expensive hardware upfront. It's the best option for businesses who need a highly-reliable, secure private cloud solution, delivered from a trusted partner.

Features to Love...

  • Simplified pricing: one price for our cloud and managed services
  • Updated hardware & software: always the latest technologies and current licensing
  • Scalability: users, servers, data storage, memory and processing can be added or removed with no new purchases required
  • Compliance: we'll design your environment to be HIPAA, HITECH, SOX, and PCI compliant.
  • Rigorous security: our data centers have 24/7 CCTV monitoring, badge-only access and reinforced infrastructure
  • Technology continuity: you'll be safe from emergencies and natural disasters with redundant UPS power and generator backup, dry system fire suppression and redundant HVAC

Essentially…

We take the fear out of putting your data in someone else's hands. You'll always have access to what you need, when you need it from our secure data centers. Whether your business requires strong confidentiality, regulatory standards or just a way to scale up successfully, the iVenture Private Cloud delivers what your business deserves. We've taken the best features of public and private clouds to create the ultimate service just for you. 

When you're ready for the cloud, make the right decision. iVenture Solutions is an award-winning managed service provider delivering superior IT solutions to clients across Florida. As a leading-edge IT firm for small and medium-sized businesses, we provide a diverse range of services covering the entire scope of IT including maintenance, support, hosting and more. Through rapid response time, reduction of chaos and the right people, our expert team of IT professionals will fulfill your technology needs. At iVenture, we give you more time to do what matters most.

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