Hybrid Cloud vs Private Cloud: Which one to choose for your organization

As the hybrid vs private cloud debate continues, enterprise management and SMEs are left weighing costs, efficiency and security while considering which cloud will best serve their needs. In this post, we first define the terms hybrid cloud and private cloud, whereafter we provide some guidance on the suitability and benefits of each.

First, your specific applications’ data and workload will determine the type of cloud that will best meet your needs. For example, for web applications, elasticity and pay per use will likely be your focus; for mission critical applications, high availability, customization and control will be crucial and for sensitive databases, the key focus will be data security and control.

So, before deciding which end of the debate you’re siding with, continue reading to make an informed decision.


Hybrid cloud – Hybrid cloud services use a blend of on-premises, private cloud and third party, public cloud services with interplay between the platforms. It is often referred to as the best of both worlds.

Private cloudPrivate cloud services (also known as an internal or enterprise cloud) are used by one organization and are not exposed to the public. The cloud itself is situated on the organization’s intranet or data center and is protected by a firewall to ensure only the organization and its users have access to the data.

Hybrid vs Private: Choosing the best cloud option for your organization

Some of the reasons why organizations use private cloud services include its compliance and security capabilities, for performance and control, and considering business size.  The organization, a hosting provider, or a third party can manage a private cloud. This type of cloud environment will be right for your organization if your

  • business comprise of your data and your applications making security paramount;
  • business forms part of an industry that must comply with stringent security and data privacy issues;
  • organization is large enough to run a next generation cloud data center efficiently and effectively on its own.

Conversely, hybrid cloud leverages the control and security of a private cloud and combines that with the flexibility and cost efficiency of the public cloud. This combination offers a power solution for increased data demands. A hybrid cloud environment will be best if your:

  • organization is using or is considering using a SaaS (Software as a Service) application but is concerned about security. Your SaaS vendor can create a private cloud for your company inside their firewall and provide you with a VPN (virtual private network) for added security.
  • Your company offers tailored services to different markets. You can use a public cloud to interact with your clients but keep your data secured within a private cloud.

CloudOak enjoys working with organizations who have the need to securely keep data on-premise and in the cloud. We take pride in the fact that our customers regard us a long-term partner who deliver excellent service and support.