Pros And Cons Between Public, Private and Community Cloud

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Pros And Cons Between Public, Private and Community Cloud

 October 3rd, 2019

Establishing your online presence on the Cloud is more important than ever and choosing the right Cloud environment is important.  You should know the difference between Private, public and community Cloud services.  Here is a breakdown of differences to help you decide which Cloud environment is for you.

Private Cloud

A private Cloud is an internal Cloud that is hosted within a company’s intranet.  Data is protected behind a firewall.  Typically this is maintained by companies that already have data centers.  If you are a large size corporation and you want/require complete control over your Cloud environment, this may be the right choice for you.  The following are a few pros and cons of owning and maintaining a private Cloud:

Pros Cons
Controlled level of security Complexity
Controlled level of privacy Increased IT staff
More control over configuration and management Consistent maintenance costs
  Overall increased costs vs public cloud
  Increased start-up costs
  Security is only as good as your IT staff knowledge
  You support yourself
  Remote access may be limited
  Slow technology integration/upgrade

Public Cloud

A public Cloud is hosted off-site and is typically maintained by a Cloud hosting company that offers Cloud services.  Most businesses and individual users utilize this type of environment due to the huge decrease in costs in both maintenance and support staff.  Your Cloud hosting company provides it all at a fraction of the cost of having a private Cloud environment.  The following a few a few pros and cons of utilizing a public Cloud:

Pros Cons
Multitude of services Targeted more by hackers
Lower costs  
Pay as you go  
No maintenance costs to user/business  
Enterprise level of security measures  
Implemented  
Scalability for resources  
Enterprise level of 24/7 support from cloud  
Hosting company  
Faster technology integration/upgrade  

Community Cloud

A community Cloud is a Cloud environment that is shared among various entities that belong to the same community.  You could think of it as a public Cloud environment that has the set levels of security and privacy as a private Cloud.  Some examples of a community Cloud could be governments, health care companies or even large manufacturing companies.  These would be Clouds that collaborate with each other to create a large “community based” Cloud environment.  Here are a few pros and cons of the Community Cloud:

Pros Cons
Flexibility and scaleability Complexity
Availability and reliability Security is only as good as your IT staff knowledge
Security You support yourself
Compliance Remote access may be limited
Controlled level of privacy Increased IT staff
More control over configuration and management Consistent maintenance costs
  Overall increased costs vs public Cloud
  Increased start-up costs
  Unnecessary for small business, medium business and most large businesses
  Slow technology integration/upgrade

Conclusion

As you can see, most business and individuals will require utilization of a public Cloud like Sectorlink's cloud web hosting service, rather than a private or community based cloud.  Private Clouds are only necessary for large corporations that desire/require their own data center and IT staff.  The community Cloud environment is required only for huge corporations or governments.  Now that you fully understand which environment you should be on, you should move to the Cloud today.