How is your organisation approaching cloud technology? With so much talk about moving to cloud storage and the different types of cloud architecture available, where do you start to evaluate what’s best for your organisation?
Cloud technology promises huge benefits to business – cloud storage can free your business from the limitations of local shared drives. There are three basic approaches to adopting cloud technology:
A private cloud involves a secure cloud based environment where only specific clients can access and operate within the boundaries of the corporate firewall. The private cloud incorporates the benefits of cloud technology but maintains the security of a private network. This does mean, however, that it is limited in its flexibility when rolling out to multiple users across random locations.
Public cloud describes perhaps the most common cloud model, where services or data is made available across the internet. One of the main benefits is accessibility and the delivery of applications or data is easy to roll out and access. However, public cloud storage is often regarded as less secure than the private cloud, which has traditionally caused some concern in take up of moving to the cloud.
A hybrid cloud integrates both private and public cloud technology. The different methods are used to serve different functions within an organisation and, although more complex to set up, it is often a good route to exploit the best of both worlds. For example, an organisation might choose to host their client or financial data using private cloud storage, where it is more secure, but house general collaborative documents in the public cloud, where employees can access data from any location they happen to be working from at the time.