Cloud services are certainly the topic of much discussion nowadays. Questions that often arise in respect of cloud services include "what is the difference between enterprise cloud and public cloud", "what does one offer that the other doesn't", "which option is more cost-effectively while still offering quality results". Clearly, companies wanting to exploit the cloud will have to determine what type of cloud deployment to use. In this post we will break down the first question: What is the difference between enterprise cloud and private cloud solutions.
What is enterprise cloud?
Enterprise cloud offers a comprehensive computing environment or solution for businesses looking for improved performance, reduced costs, and advanced security. Enterprise cloud is scalable and agile as it uses web services to render its platform, infrastructure, and software. Enterprise cloud is fast replacing traditional on-prem servers as they are faster, able to reduce latency and prevent data loss. Enterprise cloud environments function optimally when combined with a management system for simplified storage at scale. This virtualization ensures build-in redundancy which means in the event of a failure of, say, a hard drive, service will not be affected. The main advantage of enterprise cloud deployment is its ability to scale up or down and so ensure users only pay for what they use.
What is private cloud?
Private cloud deployments (and the hardware used to store it) comprise of a pool of resources that is specifically assigned to one business or organization and hosted behind a firewall. Because the user (that is, the business or organization) manages the private cloud, the user is also responsible for the hardware security and the data stored within the cloud. Although you must pay to maintain the hardware you use for a private cloud deployment the upside is that you have increased control over your cloud security. Additionally, you have more flexibility since private cloud deployment can be customized.
Experts predict a substantial upsurge in enterprise cloud deployment. This is mostly due to the benefits associated with enterprise cloud computing, specifically security and costs. Businesses can now benefit from the superior security methods offered by cloud vendors while simultaneously controlling their overheads by only using those services they require at any given time. This means that companies can simply order services as and when they need them instead of purchasing costly hardware and pay for installation. The overarching result will be an increase in cloud providers rather than individual businesses acquiring network hardware and other resources used to support business processes.
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