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3 tips to choosing the cloud model to fit your business

May 2016

“Which cloud solution is right for your business?”
As recent trends indicate, many businesses already have or will soon adopt cloud services. This widespread adoption is driven by a desire to modernise IT systems, create flexibility, and improve profitability.
There are three main approaches to cloud solutions: private cloud, public cloud, and a mix of both known as hybrid cloud. Each approach has distinct advantages and disadvantages. When should you consider one over the other, and how can you choose the right cloud solution for your business, one that will work well in conjunction with your on-premise operations?
To find out, start by learning more about the pros and cons of each option, and consider the benefits each could provide for your organisation.
Private cloud delivers security and control
Private cloud is appealing for many reasons, but the prime advantage is safety. In private cloud, businesses can securely maintain an internal network. This cloud is dedicated to your organisation and protected by a firewall. When data security and regulatory compliance are major concerns, private cloud is often considered the optimal defence. Your IT team retains control over the cloud, which offers an additional measure of security.
Conversely, this option is less scalable and more costly than public cloud. Growing a private network requires significant up-front expense, and the need to plan for capacity may lead to overbuying.
Heavily regulated industries, like finance, banking, and healthcare, typically rely on private cloud.
Public cloud provides scalability and cost savings
Public cloud options tend to cost less than private. They offer a flexible way to scale networks based on consumption and business needs. The resources belong to an external service provider, freeing your IT from the day-to-day upkeep required to keep the network running. Servers can be quickly provisioned and pay-as-you-go models tie business expense more closely to business need.
With public cloud, there's less guesswork involved, since you can pay for and build capacity where and when it's needed. However, public cloud can be less secure, so it's a poor choice if you have sensitive or valuable company data to protect.
Hybrid cloud offers the ideal mix for many
For many businesses, the ideal answer is a combination of both. Hybrid cloud blends what you need from private and public cloud options into one simple solution, mixing the safety and control of private cloud with the flexible growth and cost savings of public cloud.
With hybrid, the hardest part is deciding on the right mix for your business. There's no single, one-size-fits-all answer, which is why some businesses approach the hybrid model with trepidation.
How can you choose the right combination?
There are many technologies and providers to choose from, and each offers its own mix of data and applications for good cloud service. Since there are many moving parts in this decision, consider which mind-set guides you:

  • Solving business problems first. Cloud is a tool, not a destination. Use your initial step to create a business case for utilising cloud technology. When you understand why your business needs it, the how and when of diving into cloud becomes easier.
  • Starting with noncritical functions. If adopting the cloud is new for you or requires a cultural shift inside your company, begin with an easy project. As you become more comfortable with your choices, you can focus on more critical aspects of your business.
  • Testing and testing again. As you transfer a service to the cloud, test security, uptime, and usability. Ensure the service level agreement claims of your provider stand up to your business's daily workload. Do their claims match the security and high availability needs of your company?

Learn more about how HPE Just Right IT technology can help you create the optimal public and private mix in a hybrid cloud model.


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