Part 1: Private Cloud
Private cloud brings collaboration throughout your organization with efficiency and convenience in mind. In some circumstances, the private cloud makes the most sense for parts of your workflow. For example:
- Your company produces, manages, and actively works with high volumes of large media files;
- Your current workflow and applications have predictably low storage needs;
- Your security compliance needs are better suited or demand dedicated on-premises infrastructure (i.e. HIPAA).
If any or all of these apply to your organization, you might consider implementing a private cloud into your cloud strategy. However, other parts of your organization might benefit from a hybrid, public, or on-premises infrastructures.
Part 2: Public Cloud
As we discussed in our blog, “Testing, Testing! A Use Case for Infrastructure as a Service for Application Testing in the Cloud”, the public cloud is a prime example of how flexibility in your infrastructure can mean cost savings and more efficiency. Today, with few exceptions, public cloud providers can handle the migration of an organization’s entire infrastructure. Public cloud could be the right way to go in certain scenarios if any of these apply:
- You do routine application development and testing, and are always scaling your on-premises infrastructure accordingly;
- You are not equipped with an IT staff to maintain your infrastructure 24/7/365;
- Your organization can benefit from the flexibility of pay-as-you-go scale models;
- Ongoing support and automation for firmware, maintenance, and OS patches sound attractive.
Part 3: On-Premises
On-premises infrastructures offer more control, accessibility, and often cost-incentives. All organizations are familiar with the on-premises infrastructure, and for good reasons. For many applications and workflows, moving to a private cloud does not bring significant cost incentives. On-premises solutions might make the most sense if any of these are true for your organization:
- Remote collaboration is not a mainstay of your organization’s workflow;
- Your current applications have predictably small storage needs, or the cost of cloud migration does not offer a significant increase in performance;
- Security and compliance requirements will not happen with cloud migration.
Part 4: Hybrid Cloud
Understanding how to choose between on-premises, public, or private clouds is the first step in deciding if a hybrid solution could work for your organization. The nature of a hybrid infrastructure is that you can choose features from each that work best for you, and not have the parts that don’t make logistical or financial sense. This type of compromise is worth discussing.
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