If you’re considering cloud computing, you may or may not be aware of the difference between the two.

Private Cloud

A private cloud hosting solution, also known as an internal or enterprise cloud, resides on company’s intranet or hosted data center where all of your data is protected behind a firewall. This can be a great option for companies who already have expensive data centers because they can use their current infrastructure. However, the main drawback people see with a private cloud is that all management, maintenance and updating of data centers is the responsibility of the company. Over time, it’s expected that your servers will need to be replaced, which can get very expensive. On the other hand, private clouds offer an increased level of security and they share very few, if any, resources with other organizations.

Public Cloud

The main difference between public and private clouds is that you manage any of the hardware/software. Data is stored in the provider’s data center and the provider is responsible for the management/maintenance of the data center. This type of cloud is appealing to companies as it reduces times to test and deploy new products. However, the drawback is that another company in essence owns your data. Should a bill not get paid, or the business go bankrupt, the data is no longer in your control.

So which is right for you? Our experts can walk you through the decision process.