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It’s odd that cloud, which offers so much freedom to IT, has started to seem very un-free.
Obviously the public cloud is an amazing option. It’s flexible, agile, cost-effective – in short, almost all the things IT has always wanted. But it isn’t the right choice every single time. In fact, for a variety of reasons, flexibility should be the name of the game. In two big areas, security and privacy, and control, public cloud has ‘issues.’
When it comes to critical concerns related to both privacy and security, public cloud sometimes falls short.
Similar issues involving the public cloud arise relative to control. Although less discussed than the security and privacy issues of public cloud, the reality is that you no longer control the infrastructure. That means you may not have input or even visibility regarding upgrades to applications, operating systems, hardware, and more. Of greatest concern is the way you may lose a large degree of control over your data.
Public cloud is a viable option for many uses. However, a flexible private cloud delivers many of the benefits of cloud architecture, including agility and scalability, without some of the risks or inconveniences associated with public cloud. The flexible cloud leverages the private option when and where appropriate.
The private cloud is your cloud—with hardware, operating systems and applications that you select and control. You can create and remove servers as you wish. That means it’s all predictable with more control over your data, the end-user experience and more freedom to control the future of your applications and data. Crucially, private cloud doesn’t have to be on premise; it can be a private cloud on the infrastructure (IaaS cloud) of your choice, using your preferred provider.
Cloud in one form or another is obviously the future of IT. But the private cloud option deserves more thought and attention—either as a viable standalone option, or in a mixed, hybrid solution. For many organizations, a private or hybrid cloud is the right choice.
An experienced content and social media marketing professional, Michelle writes frequently about the practical applications of information technology.
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