You may already be aware of public cloud computing platforms like Amazon Web Services, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. There are others, but these in particular have dominated the cloud conversation to the point where when someone mentions the cloud, these are the first and only options that come to mind.
However, there is another option when considering cloud infrastructure, and that is the creation of a custom-built private cloud. Thought of broadly, there are three types:
Software-Only Private Cloud – Software that sits on top of your existing technology stack to provide connectivity and collaboration tools without having to upgrade or install new hardware. This option is generally considered when a company has recently upgraded their existing hardware.
Pre-Integrated Converged Systems – When a business is looking to quickly move their operations to the cloud, this variety of private cloud is the most clean-cut, boxed solution. A hardware and software combination, this will still require setup and integration but is generally ready to go out of the box.
Managed Private Cloud – This is a comprehensive solution that includes hardware, software, monitoring, maintenance, and upgrades with the core benefit of an active support team. This team, like the one at The Millennium Group, builds and maintains a custom-tailored cloud solution for each business.So, what would make a business choose private cloud vs public cloud? It’s true that there are advantages and disadvantages to each. So, let’s first break them down.