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Going Public or Staying Private… or a Little Bit of Both


Did I trick you for a moment with the title of this post? No, I am not talking about an IPO; I’m referring to public, private, and hybrid enterprise cloud computing. Choosing to “go public” with your cloud has its pros and cons, as do the other two options. But regardless of how your cloud solution is served up, it’s clear that cloud technology is here to stay. In fact, Gartner recently predicted that by 2016, cloud computing will absolutely dominate IT spend.

Much like the IPO process, choosing a public, private, or hybrid cloud involves thinking strategically about what is best for your business and its stakeholders. Here are some of the pros and cons of each:

  • Private: businesses purchase sole use of a server
    • Pro: highly secure; “ring fenced”
    • Con: inflexible, so you are likely to pay for unused resources
  • Public: businesses purchase capacity on a usage basis
    • Pro: shared overheads, ability to purchase capacity on-demand
    • Con: less control over resources used or how they are shared
  • Hybrid: businesses purchase dedicated physical and virtual servers
    • Pro: tailor mix to suit capacity and security requirements
    • Con: may still have to pay for unused resources

While there is no right or wrong choice, many businesses are choosing the hybrid option. The abovementioned Gartner research also projected that almost 50 percent of large enterprises will work with a hybrid deployment by the last quarter of 2017. The likely reason for this is that a hybrid deployment combines all enterprise computing elements, including public, private, and hosted options. It also offers more security and networking options, such as the ability to use a VPN.

Regardless of whether the business chooses a hybrid, private, or public cloud deployment model, savvy enterprise leaders will incorporate a cloud management solution. This helps users mitigate risks associated with unauthorized licenses or subscriptions, and manage cost challenges that range from vendor accountability to ensuring accurate chargebacks. Moreover, enterprises are able to fully understand, control, and manage their cloud infrastructure, as well as integrate it with fixed, mobile, IT and machine communications.

Choosing the best cloud technology for your business doesn’t have to be as stressful as issuing an IPO. Take a look at our recent on-demand webinar, “Cloud Comparison: What’s Right for You?” to learn more about the benefits of each option available. And whether you go public, private, or choose a little bit of both with a hybrid option, make sure to check out our datasheet on cloud management solution options to ensure that you and your team are maximizing your businesses’ cloud deployment.