When it comes to selecting a cloud storage service, we’ve got good news and bad.
The bad news? With a slew of different solutions on the market, each newer and more specialized than the last, finding an optimal cloud storage system for your business can be downright exhausting. Especially when you don’t know what to look for.
The good news? We’re here to help.
To give you a much-needed leg up in your search for the right cloud solution, we’ve put together a helpful little guide to understanding the four leading cloud options available today: public cloud, dedicated cloud, hybrid cloud, and collaboration cloud.
Read on to get the information you need to choose the best cloud service for your business.
A public cloud is a set of computing services extended by a third-party provider that is accessible to your business over the public internet.
This type of cloud storage service allows your company data to be reached online by any and all authorized users without the stringent – and occasionally limiting – equipment, maintenance, management, and price point of other, more private integrations. While some may be wary about the security of a public cloud solution, never fear; those who opt for public cloud enjoy fewer administrative hoops, speedy fast deployment, and the assurance knowing that all of your information is in the hands of the experts.
In contrast, a private cloud (also known as a dedicated cloud) is a computing system specifically designed for and devoted to your business.
Particularly useful for those businesses handling sensitive or proprietary data, private clouds can be hosted either on-premise or off, and allow you to design and control even the smallest of details in your computing infrastructure. With a private cloud, you call the shots, meaning your business gets exactly what it needs.
Hybrid solutions are the one-two-punch of cloud computing. Essentially, a hybrid cloud is any computing environment that uses a combination of on-premise, private cloud software and arbiter-operated, public cloud services.
Such a combination allows you to reallocate your cloud services to different systems on a project-by-project basis, giving you the flexibility to scale your cloud solution to what the data demands, not the other way around. Hybrid clouds are a great option for businesses that thrive on variation and need a secure data storage program that moves and grows as they do.
No surprises here – a collaboration cloud is just what it sounds like: a simple computing solution that allows your employees to work together remotely.
Cloud collaboration allows your business to run smoothly knowing that all authorized personnel can work in concert on documents and data stored externally. Though there are a couple of different integrations that fall under this umbrella category, those businesses that choose a collaborative cloud can expect a more efficient and more informed workflow overall.
The Silver Lining
Cloud storage isn’t one-size-fits-all, and nor should it be – after all, neither is your business.
At EMPIST, our team of experts works with you to identify the right cloud solution for every aspect of your business technology. From day-to-day management to data recovery, we’ve got the tools you need to help you reach your cloud computing goals.
To learn more about the cloud options we offer – and how they can fit your needs – visit us online today!