Often businesses know they want to migrate to the cloud but need a helping hand when it comes to choosing the best cloud computing model. Each model offers different benefits and is best suited to certain operating environments.
Deciding which type of cloud service is best for you is not always easy and is best left to the experts. As a small business, you may not have the in-house staff or the expertise to handle a migration to the cloud and you may want to bring in an expert team of IT consultants to help with planning the move. Without the in-house expertise, it’s difficult to know which questions you should ask before selecting a service. It also makes it incredibly difficult to decide which technology is best to help your business grow.
Ultimately, it all depends on the kind of functionality that your business needs, but not all owners know how to define the requirements of their business. What are your business aims? What is your budget for technology? What are your operational and technical needs? The list goes on. It’s important to remember, therefore, that your business technology enables you to deliver your services to your customers on a larger scale and at a lower cost.
So, to help you accomplish everything you need to move to the cloud, you’ll need expert guidance. To help you get started, below is a summary of the different types of cloud model you’ll encounter along the way.
The cloud is simply the collection of software, platforms and infrastructure that are provided “as a service” (remotely) by service providers to their customers. Hosted and x-as-a-service platforms offer businesses new ways to get access to IT services, delivered to their specifications and at a fraction of a cost of on-premises hosting.
The public cloud gives you access to enterprise-class applications but at small company prices. Services are provided over a network that is open for public use. This may be a cause for concern for some businesses as it introduces certain data security risks. Often public cloud providers such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google own the infrastructure and offer access to it on their terms.
This isn’t always the best option for small businesses. It is best suited to organisations that have their own IT staff and have invested money in infrastructure. The private cloud can still be managed by a third-party, but the infrastructure and the majority of the IT assets are operated for a single company.
This is a tailored service that often solves some very complex and technical problems businesses have. It combines a mixture of public and private cloud infrastructure, providing a “best-of-both” scenario, or even the best of many cloud services. For example, an organisation might use an external, public cloud service for storage of archived data but maintain in-house storage for customer data that’s frequently in use. There are, of course, many other options available.
Want to know which cloud model is right for your business? Why not get in touch with help4IT to see how we can help you migrate to the cloud?