For many people, the “Cloud” is a subject that still remains very…. well, cloudy.
So one of our first action items when we are engaged with your company is to learn about your business operations and objectives, help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each Cloud scenario, and then guide you to make the best decision for your company’s unique needs.
There are three basic options when it comes to the Cloud: Private (on Premise) Cloud, Public Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud, which as its name suggests, is a combination of Private and Public.
With a Public Cloud model, network services, applications and data storage are all hosted offsite and made available to users over the Internet (or “as-a-service”). This is typically done on a Monthly Cost per User basis. Public Clouds are appealing to many businesses who want to minimize upfront capital expenditures and reduce overall cost, complexity and lead times for mobile access. The economies of scale afforded by a Public Cloud (since you are basically “sharing” these services with other companies) are what make this option highly attractive.
Best Suited for– Companies that need to bring a service to market quickly, are in an industry with less regulatory concerns, and/or looking to outsource the majority of their organizational IT requirements. Under this scenario, the business can simply sign up for a monthly service subscription and start using Cloud computing, online storage and other services immediately. It easily scales as your workforce needs grow or shrink (due to seasonal fluctuations, etc.) all costs associated with the service are included in one fixed monthly cost per user.
Private Cloud (i.e., on Premise)
For companies that are in highly regulated industries, or have very complex privacy and security issues, a Private Cloud environment is often the preferred model. In this environment, the company invests in their own server and storage devices, and manages them within the confines of their own network. Users can access files while they are mobile or offsite, but only through a private portal that is highly secure.
Best Suited for – Larger companies in highly regulated industries, such as healthcare, banking and financial services; companies that have the financial resources to build and maintain their own private network and storage needs.
The Hybrid Cloud model empowers organizations to realize the benefits of both the Public as well as the Private Cloud. In this environment, the cost-effective Public Cloud would be used for high volume business applications which need to be accessed by multiple locations and/or a large number of mobile employees. Data that has a higher degree of privacy and security concerns would be hosted on premise in a Private Cloud. In addition, files that need to be instantaneously accessed are often duplicated and hosted in both the Public and Private Cloud.
For example, if you have a slow Internet connection but have large files in the Cloud, you will lose productive time as you wait for the files to become accessible. In the Hybrid Cloud model, those files may reside in the Cloud, but can be replicated to your office for direct access which would increase productivity. The "production" copy would reside in the Cloud and a "replica" would live on premise in your office. Remote users would typically access data from the Cloud, and on-premise users would access from the replica onsite. The same holds true for phone service. If you have an office of 200 users, but many small locations or stores of 10 users or less, the Hybrid Cloud would be ideal. In this scenario, the location with 200 users (the main headquarters location of a retail chain for example) would have phone equipment on premise to support the high density of users. The locations with 10 or fewer users (such as the stores of the retailer) would leverage the Cloud. The Public Cloud solution and Private Cloud solution would be managed by the same interface.
Here at brightstack, we excel at creating and managing a Hybrid Cloud environment and deliberately select vendor partners (like Microsoft, ShoreTel and Lifesize Video Conferencing) that can work seamlessly in either environment.
Best Suited for – Companies who want the Best of Both Worlds when it comes to Cloud Computing!