Guest Column | August 23, 2013

Private vs. Public Cloud 101

By Kirk Nesbit, VP of design and support services for SERVICESolv Group of SYNNEX Corporation

As the IT channel has seen a growing “cloud fatigue,” the differentiation of cloud business models has become clearer. When deciding on the best model to deploy, it’s important to consider the similarities and differences between public and private cloud and also whether their traits could be combined in the form of hybrid cloud deployment.  

Workloads, applications and services running in all cloud models share several traits:

  • Workloads can be deployed on-demand, by authorized IT, or non-IT administrators
  • Workloads can be enabled in a pay-per-use, consumption-based model
  • Cloud IT infrastructure capacity is elastic, scaling with an organization’s specific needs
  • Workloads are accessible anywhere via network and Internet connections
  • Usage is metered, allowing for precise accounting of an organization’s consumption of IT capacity

Keep in mind that virtualization alone doesn’t equate to cloud deployment. While virtualization is a key component, complementary tools are essential to enabling the cloud functions listed above. Without these, the solution is no different than conventional IT.

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