Cloud demand has surged dramatically during the pandemic to support business resilience and remote work. One recent study reports that global businesses have accelerated their cloud migration plans by an average of six years. The ability to deliver reliable, remote access to data and applications through the cloud has been so successful that most say they are rethinking their entire IT operating model.
The cloud isn’t a technology cure-all, however. It solves many problems but can create others. Without proper planning and a clear strategy, cloud migrations can result in network bottlenecks, application failures, unexpected costs, security challenges and other issues that impact IT efficiency.
One of the most important factors to consider is which deployment model best fits your business requirements. Do you have the staff expertise to manage the cloud infrastructure yourself, or do you need someone to do it for you? Do you want to use shared resources to reduce costs, or do you need to maintain tight control of sensitive data? Do you have special legal or regulatory compliance requirements? What are your application availability requirements?
The answers to these questions will help point you toward the deployment model most likely to deliver the results you want. Here’s a look at the main options, including their advantages and disadvantages.
The public cloud is usually offered by a third-party cloud provider. The basic definition of it is that it’s a shared online space where users can store files and applications. Users can only see their own storage space. These solutions are for consumers, but some offer additional features for businesses.
The public cloud is ideal if your business doesn’t have someone on-hand to take care of an internal cloud system. Since it’s maintained by professional technicians within the provider’s organization, you won’t have to deal with updates or maintenance. However, the public cloud provides limited control of your data, and you can’t take additional security measures that you might be able to with the private cloud.
The private cloud is generally hosted in an onsite location on company hardware, although some cloud providers will partition off a section of their infrastructure for private cloud clients. If you choose to host your own private cloud, you’ll be responsible for the upkeep, management and maintenance of it. This is usually only possible if you have an internal IT department with the technical knowhow, but managed service providers offer a workaround in most cases.
If you want a hands-off private cloud solution, but still want the security benefits, a hybrid cloud can work well for you.
Hybrid clouds combine the previously mentioned services into one dynamic package. This enables organizations to leverage the scalability and cost-efficiency of a public cloud, maintain control of mission-critical business applications and data, and automatically provision resources according to current business needs. However, a hybrid cloud tends to be more complex than traditional environments, making it difficult to develop policies and ensure seamless operation between cloud services and in-house architecture.
One way to overcome the challenges involved with hybrid cloud deployments is to partner with a managed services provider that supports multiple environments. RMM Solutions is a hybrid cloud provider with deep experience in all cloud deployment models. We can help you migrate to a public cloud platform, or we can help you implement a private or hybrid solution. We can even host your private cloud on our own infrastructure.
Businesses are increasingly reliant upon cloud computing infrastructure. RMM can help you determine which deployment option best suits your needs, and minimize the risk of migration. Contact us today to learn more.