Public, Private, & Hybrid Clouds: Which Is Right For You?

Sandra Taylor opened her vintage clothing store because she loved clothes, but after the first store expanded into a second, and then a third, she realized what she loved even more was running a business.  The coordination of all the details, the creation of newer and better strategies.  Her life was linked to her work; when business was good, you could see it in her smile.

Even vintage clothing stores could use cloud analytics!

Even vintage clothing stores could use cloud analytics!

Because she was so invested in the success of her stores, she kept abreast on all the latest trends that might help her bottom line.  Lately, she’d been hearing more and more talk about cloud computing, and all the supposedly wonderful things it has to offer.  Naturally, Sandra was skeptical; you don’t turn one shop into a chain by jumping on every bandwagon that drives past.


The whole idea of a cloud seemed sketchy to her.  She was expected to just trustingly hand over all her computing data to a third party cloud provider?  What about privacy?  What about being self-sufficient?  What’s to stop her competition from viewing her customer data?  And what about hackers—she knows her system is secure because she protected it herself, but she doesn’t know who’s in charge of the cloud provider’s security.  And yet, her colleagues that had already switched to cloud spoke only about how great it was.


The potential advantages were too tempting to ignore.  One night, when she had some time to herself, she decided to do her own research.  She soon discovered that she did not know as much as she thought.  Cloud was a lot more flexible than she suspected, and there was more than one option available to her; private cloud, public cloud, and a hybrid combination of the two.


The public cloud was the most cost effective, with the greatest level of efficiency thanks to the shared resources.  However, of the three options, a public cloud offered the least in security.


A private cloud, on the other hand, was the safest.  Here, her system would be run on a secure private network, but would be cut off from the shared resources and the savings they bring.


Then there was the hybrid; hybrid cloud computing intrigued Sandra because it gave her the most control.  In a hybrid cloud, each aspect was selectively private or public, depending on which provided the maximum benefit for that particular need.  The only downside was that it was a little difficult to keep track of what was private and what was public; but Sandra never had a problem with minding the details.


So, with the help of a third party, Sandra orchestrated a hybrid cloud for her chain of clothing stores.  She found the benefits of switching to cloud were just as great as everyone said they were—the perfect thing to boost her business.  And when your life is your job like Sandra, what’s good for business is good for you!

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