Guest Column | October 9, 2013

How To Make An Informed Choice: Public Or Private Cloud?

By Andrew R. Calore, Account Executive, BCI Computers, ASCII Group Member Since 1997

If you are interested in cloud storage, there are numerous things you are going to need to know before you attempt to crossover. A good place to start is the differences of private and public cloud services.

Let’s start with the pros and cons of private cloud services. The name itself sounds like it would be great choice for anyone “private.” For example, in a private cloud you don’t have to connect to the Internet to store your data, and you can isolate the infrastructure of your data entirely — you have the opportunity to design the architecture of your cloud however you please. In addition to this, you can decide who is given access to your data, and there is never any risk if the provider is shut down. These are all great advantages and can greatly improve your business’ security aspects.

However, as we all know far too well, there is never a perfect product. Private clouds are no different from any other product as they have several disadvantages that rival the advantages.

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