Cosentry Cloud Guide
Your Guide to the Cloud SEVEN QUESTIONS. SEVEN ANSWERS. It seems like just yesterday tech enthusiasts deemed cloud computing to be the next great technological advancement. Now, clouds in every shape and size span the horizon— public, private, hybrid and so on. Is the cloud right for you? And if so, which one? You asked. We answered. And we wrote a guide to help you decide.
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What is the difference between a private cloud and a hosted private cloud?
ANSWER: When you hear technologists talk about
However, unlike a swimming pool,
cloud computing, they will often break it down into
owning your own cloud doesn’t mean
two primary categories: public and private. The
you have to install it in your backyard.
fundamental difference between these is inherent in
Specially equipped service providers
the naming. A public cloud, like a public swimming
can host your private cloud in their data center, giving
pool, is one that is shared. A private cloud would be
you the best of both worlds: a private cloud, yet one
one that you own.
that is managed by a third party.
What is a hybrid cloud?
ANSWER: As you’ve probably surmised, just as
sensitive, application downtime could cause serious
owning your own swimming pool is more expensive
business disruptions, and therefore, most IT leaders
than buying a season pass to the public pool,
are more comfortable housing these on a private
deploying a private cloud can be more expensive than
cloud where they at least feel like they have
buying space on a public cloud. Not all applications
more control. Although, as we’ll see later, a hosted
private cloud can be a good alternative to this do-it-
A hybrid environment allows you to split an application between a public and private cloud. However, this approach requires a service provider that not only understands both types of cloud deployment, but also the application’s architecture.
Examples of applications that businesses typically
their IT budget
feel comfortable deploying on a public cloud include
marketing automation, some sales force automation
solutions, expense management and collaboration
platforms. Some data loss or downtime might be an
that is right
acceptable trade off for lower costs.
for each application.
Things get a bit trickier when it’s not clear on which cloud, public or private, the application belongs. A
prime example is email. As much as we rely on email,
it isn’t quite as mission critical for many of today’s
information workers. Mobile devices, collaboration
platforms, and messaging technologies have assumed
some of this burden. However, if email is still a primary
a private cloud
method of communication between groups like the
service department and the customer base, email
uptime is vital.
vital and sensitive business data, e.g., applications for enterprise resource planning applications, financial
This is where