Public vs. private

Why the public cloud is outpacing the private cloud

Rick Delgado
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Making the decision between the public cloud and the private is a tough one. However, adoption rates between the two vary dramatically. In this article, Rick Delgado explains why companies are making the choice to go with public cloud services.

The cloud is rapidly growing as the number one choice for many. In recent months, it’s becoming clearer that keeping up with industries is impossible without the advantages the cloud offers. According to a report by Veritas, on-site work will fall to 34% for all businesses and then to 25% percent next year in favor of online work.

So when given the choice between public and private clouds, which do companies choose? Many argued that the private cloud would be perfect for the businesses with a large budget, and quickly smaller businesses would rush to obtain this tool. However, as the report by Veritas says, the public cloud is looking to outpace the private cloud in the next year, with a growth of 18% while the private grows only 7%.

What’s up with the public cloud, and how is it convincing more businesses than the private option?

It’s easier to adopt

The benefits of the private cloud have always been its security and its customizability. Rather than accepting someone else’s template and trying to work within it, you have full reign to create your very own, with the unique needs and workstyles of your business in mind. This argument stands; however, more and more businesses are discovering this added benefit isn’t that beneficial.

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The public cloud, as a set template, is easier to adopt and work within. There’s no need to suffer the headache of customizing your own cloud if the public cloud offers what you need already, and while there will be some adjusting time, it saves incredible effort and confusion. Not only that, it’s also easier to make the shift from one public cloud provider to the next, rather than funding your own revamp of a private cloud.

It’s more cost effective

Developing your own private cloud on a computer server requires a huge investment in equipment and personnel, just to begin with. The maintenance of the cloud then requires experts to continually problem-solve and improve the cloud, not to mention general energy costs.

While the trade-off certainly is more control and security over your data, businesses find that they’re investing a great deal in private clouds when they could receive the same basic service from public clouds. Since a public cloud is maintained off the collective payment of several users, and the brunt costs are handled by cloud providers, businesses can save funds and then allocate that to other initiatives, growing and gaining more profit in the long-run.

It has more manpower at its disposal

Since public clouds are maintained by specialized cloud providers, such as Google or Amazon, to name the big brands, they also enjoy their own team of experts. These people are in charge of security, maintenance, and improvement on a scale larger than most companies can personally afford. This means if there’s an issue, it’s handled by someone else – and isn’t in a business’s hair. It also means a larger budget and team of experts is allocated to improving security. While your business operates in a separate industry, this is a cloud provider’s bread and butter, and they can devote the necessary manpower to ensuring you get the best.

 It’s not as much of a security risk

As said above, the greatest mark against public clouds has always been their security risks. Since countless people have access to the cloud, it can’t be as closed or strict as a private cloud. This obviously leaves doors open for hackers who can weed in between the weaker defenses, and have your data on a silver platter. However, public cloud providers have recognized this for some time.

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Since the cloud is still an evolving technology, it only makes sense that in the years between its unveiling to now, measures have been taken to close the security gap. So far, its pace has been exceptional. With the risk of security breaches greatly minimized, there’s little standing between businesses and the existing benefits of the public cloud over private.

The public cloud is outpacing the private simply by offering more than its competition can – at a lesser cost, with less effort, and with far more advantages.

Rick Delgado
Rick Delgado is a freelance technology writer and commentator. Connect with him on Twitter @ricknotdelgaldo.

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