10 Mar 2015

The public vs. private Cloud debate - what's right for you?

For years many have debated ‘should you adopt a public cloud approach or opt for private cloud?’. There have been and continue to be motivated players on both sides of the aisle, lobbying aggressively for their points of view.

The pro-public cloud has long argued that the ability to consumer IT and related services on a pay-per-use model, the speed of access to resources and the flexibility to add and drop capacity make their approach the only way to go.

However the pro-private camp is quick to remind clients that enabling private cloud capabilities – either on-site or in a private hosted environment – provides the highest level of management visibility, control, security, privacy and physical data proximity. The peace of mind of knowing exactly where your key business and client data resides at all times. For businesses with security regulations regarding data sovereignty having your data located locally is a key consideration for private cloud.

So what’s the right answer?

Here are some considerations:

  1. Neither public or private cloud is going away any time soon. The spend for both public and private clouds each year is growing faster than 13%. For some businesses, either public or private can be the right choice.
  2. Increasingly a viable solution for many clients will be a hybrid cloud approach. By developing the ability to mix and match the best of private and public clouds, a business can evolve its existing IT assets while selectively using other forms of cloud for greater flexibility and rapid business innovation. Hybrid Cloud models are likely to be less expensive for clients than either private or public cloud alone.
  3. It’s important to align with cloud ecosystems that are based on open technologies in order to maintain choice and vendor interoperability.
  4. It’s also essential to include IT security plans as a key element of your overall cloud strategy.

At the very end of the day, a business must evaluate its business requirements to determine which type of cloud is the best fit for them.