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Cloud Computing: Public or Private?

Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Public cloud vs. private cloud,

Anyone in tech knows there are public clouds and private clouds. What they can’t agree on is which is better. Is there a way to benefit from both? Sure, hybrid clouds offer another solution. However, there isn’t a universal cloud winner. The type of data you’re working with determines the most useful form of computing cloud for you. To know which is best for your business, you must know the following things about each cloud:

Public Cloud

The services of a public cloud are provided off-site over the Internet. The benefit of this cloud is that it’s efficient in terms of shared resources. On the other hand, they are more vulnerable than other of forms of cloud computing. We would advise you to use a public cloud when;


  • Many people use your workload in terms of applications. For example, your email.
  • There is need to test and develop application codes.
  • A vendor with a good security strategy provides you with a software service.
  • You’re collaborating on a project with another company.
  • Your engaged in an ad-hoc software project that makes use of a Platform as a Service offering cloud.

Private Cloud

Just as the name implies, a private network maintains a private cloud. They provide a higher level of security and control. However, the company has to maintain and purchase all the software. You can use a private cloud when;

  • Applications are basically the bulk of your business.
  • Your business conforms with rigid security and data privacy measures.
  • Your company is big enough to run on a next generation cloud data effectively on its own.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud is a combination of public and private options. It gives you the possibility to keep each aspect of your business intact. The disadvantage is that you have to keep track of all aspects of your business communicating with each other. Hybrid cloud is best when;

  • Your business wants to use a software as a service application, but needs better cloud security.
  • Your business provides services that have to do with vertical markets. You can use a public cloud to communicate with your clients while securing their information in a private cloud.


Managing cloud computing is more difficult when you have to manage private, public and the typical data center altogether. Furthermore, to complicate issues, the difference between a private and a public cloud is blurry. For instance, some public cloud companies are offering their clients a private version of public clouds. On the other hand, some companies that before were only offering private clouds are now offering public versions of their private clouds.

Each of the cloud options affect your business and applications differently. Over the years, private cloud solution has become more common, while most companies no longer use public cloud solutions. Nowadays, a hybrid cloud is most common, even mainstream. In the end, it’s up to each business to determine how they can most effectively utilize cloud computing.

Want an expert to evaluate your cloud options? Contact Logical Front for a free Cloud Readiness Assessment. 

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