The difference between Private Cloud and Public Cloud

Increasingly widespread, many businesses are interested in the new way of storing and sharing their digital data. This new system, called the Cloud, facilitates work for everyone. It doesn’t really matter where you are, you can still easily manage your virtual machines, your network infrastructure, and your data storage in complete security.

We would like to point out that this Cloud concept can be classified into several categories such as: the Private Cloud and the Public Cloud. Whatever type of Cloud you use, only your business and your collaborators will be able to access your resources. You therefore only have to get your head around a few concepts in order to pick the model that would suit you best. So what are the actual features that characterise and distinguish these Cloud systems?

The Private Cloud

By Private Cloud we mean a server dedicated to one single customer, with a specific operator allowing all the desired instances to be deployed within the limits of the capacity of the server in question. Only your business will have this data and the control of this infrastructure. This private equipment can be managed internally from your premises by your teams, just as it can be managed by an external provider who is a domain expert. Still known under the name of “Dedicated Cloud”, this system generates fixed costs for your business based on the storage capacity, power, and maintenance of the type of server selected for use. Among the advantages of the Private Cloud we can highlight the complete control of your data, as well as further strengthened security.

The Public Cloud

Contrary to the Private Cloud, the Public Cloud does not host your data on dedicated machines but instead on shared machines. In other words, in a way you are hiring a section of a piece of digital hardware. But there is no need to worry, the part you hire is entirely separate from the other bodies present on this piece of equipment. The security and confidentiality of your resources are again a matter of course, just like with the Private Cloud.

The biggest difference between the Private Cloud and the Public Cloud relates to scalability. When your data volumes increase in the Public Cloud, the system will adapt to your growing needs in just a few clicks. This is why many companies prefer to use this data hosting system. Here, the cost represents an advantage for the customer who will only pay the value of what is used for storage or data download. This pooling system is comparable to electricity or gas supply services where you only pay for what you use.

Sometimes certain businesses decide to use both data hosting systems (Public and Private Cloud) due to the numerous resources they manage as well as their criticality. In this case, we talk about the Hybrid Cloud or mixed system.

Whichever system you decide to use for your company, Ikoula is ready to support, advise, and help you in this process. Don’t hesitate to call us for more information.


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