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Find your Cloud: Private Cloud vs Public Cloud

Private Cloud vs Public Cloud?

Since the amount of technologies are constantly increasing, it can be difficult to know which cloud is right for your company. Moreover, many people hear the buzzword, “cloud” without understanding the technology that drives it. In short, the cloud – private and public – are virtualization platforms. A private cloud is an internal datacenter running virtualization technology being maintained by your company. Check out VMware, the leading private cloud technology provider. Global, managed datacenters make the public cloud and your company just rents the resources. You can use the following chart to see which cloud will be the best fit for your company.


  • Control
  • Capital Expenditures are better
  • Your workforce isn’t distributed
  • A need to customize
  • Not much management and maintenance needed
  • Less of a need for high availability and uptime (99.9% uptime)
  • Less controls needed
  • Operational Expenditures are better
  • Seasonal/periodic influx of business
  • To difficult or costly to maintain hardware in-house
  • Your workforce is very distributed
  • Lot’s of hardware management and maintenance needed
  • Need high availability and uptime (99.9% uptime)


Weighing your options

Maintaining your own hardware can be costly to implement, manage, and maintain but would provide better control over your environment. As well, your ability to customize is limited in the public cloud but you won’t have to manage your hardware. Similarly, if your drive fails, your cloud service provider will replace it without added cost. This is because they are maintaining the datacenter and renting the resources to you.

If you have employees all over the world the public cloud will likely be a better fit for your company. Conversely, if your employees are in the office every day the private cloud is a better fit. As well, the public cloud gives you ultimate scalability. Thus, if you have periodic influxes in your business the public cloud is a better fit. In short, your private cloud might not have the resources to support this increased load.

Lastly, a 99.9% uptime can be achieved with both solutions (but the private cloud will cost more to achieve this). All in all, you should not take the decision to move to the public cloud lightly. As always, we are here to help. If you have any questions we would be happy to answer them!