Public versus private cloud… public versus private cloud?
This question can be asked countless times, but you may still find yourself without a clear answer. On the one hand, public clouds can be viewed as the cheaper option the model often allows you to pay for what you use. Conversely, private clouds are touted for having the best security.
So what do you do?
Well, if it is up to Gartner (News - Alert) Analyst Daryl Plummer, enterprises ought to consider public cloud services and only turn to private clouds if the public cloud fails to meet their needs. This is the advice that was dispensed at Gartner’s IT Symposium a few weeks ago.
According to Plummer, deploying cloud services allows enterprises to enjoy a whole host of benefits including agility, reduced cost, reduced complexity, increased focus, increased innovation and the ability to leverage the knowledge and skills of people outside the company.
Not taking Plummer’s word for it?
Then Plummer suggests that IT professionals perform a thorough analysis that identifies which benefits the company hopes to achieve by moving to the cloud. Enterprises should also consider the reasons they wouldn’t move to the cloud – like inability to get the service-level agreements that you want, regulatory and compliance issues and concerns about disaster recovery – to glean why public cloud could be the best option.
But has Plummer forgotten about the oft sought after hybrid cloud offering now? An offering that combines the best that both public and private clouds have to offer, according to many industry experts.
One company that serves as a proponent of this trend is Hexagrid (News - Alert) Computing, a company that offers service providers a way to deliver hosted private clouds as an alternative to the traditional public cloud. Hosted private clouds provide dedicated hardware, secured to meet enterprise specifications, and can be bundled with support services.
According to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) study, “Growing demand for Infrastructure as a Service in the enterprise market is creating opportunities for a new breed of cloud-based IT infrastructure providers to deliver innovative private cloud services.” The study also estimates that by 2014, the typical IT infrastructure for today’s customers of outsourced IT services will rely on cloud computing for more than a third of their IT resource base.”
At Hexagrid, company officials agree that both service providers and enterprise benefit from accelerated adoption of hybrid private cloud models to achieve the advantages of Infrastructure as a Service.
To learn more about Hexagrid and its Infrastructure as a Service platform, click here. Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves