Imagine sitting in your office ready to dig into your to-do list when suddenly you are unable to work due to server issues. In order to maintain their competitive edge, organisations these days need their employees to have fast, consistent access to work-related applications. To remedy days lost to hardware malfunctions, organisations are working on ways to leverage cloud solutions and free themselves from the physical hardware on which they run. With the use of virtual servers in the cloud, employees need not worry about a particular failure and can easily switch to the alternate system without worrying about any loss of data.
To get Cloud computing basics right, it's essential for SMEs and startups to have a fully secured data storage system in place. The various types of Cloud computing solution are the answer to the old school, complex IT infrastructure requiring huge investments as well as a fully equipped IT team to run it. Cloud Computing is a service-based model that allows businesses to access networks, applications or storage reserves online via the internet on a pay as you use basis. Let's break down the basic types of Cloud computing solutions along with each their pros and cons.
1. Public Cloud
Organisations willing to go big with small investments should begin here. The public cloud is one of the traditional types of cloud computing solution; resources are shared to customers online and are easily accessible anywhere, anytime to subscribers. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind while choosing this type of Cloud Computing:
- Public Cloud has the capability to scale easily from a couple users to tonnes of users and at the same time giving access to almost unlimited resources (for a fee).
- Public cloud providers offer several payment options, but most users opt for the pay-as-you-go model despite incentives to commit to longer term payment plans.
- Large enterprises with strict security requirements or regulations often avoid the public cloud, as they fear that providers may not meet their strict compliance required by an organisation.
2. Private Cloud
Cloud solutions that provide access to limited users under an organisation’s private firewall fall into this category. Here a single organisation owns the data centers that provide complete security as data resides in-house (but still in the cloud). Such types of cloud computing solution can be expensive making small and medium enterprises to avoid these. Following are the key reasons why large enterprises hunt for Private Cloud Computing.
- Private clouds can meet dedicated and process-oriented operations as per business requirements.
- Provides real-time monitoring, disaster management and recovery, and timely backups providing a good fit for large organisations.
3. Hybrid Cloud
As the name suggests, in hybrid cloud environments, organisations can take control of privately managed services on a cloud while at the same time using the public cloud as and when needed. There are certain applications that require data security and integrity and cannot run on the public cloud. These thus must use the private cloud, while the other functions continue utilising the public cloud. The reasons why Hybrid Clouds may prove to be handy for certain firms but may get tricky for others are:
- App generators or app builders have had their days numbered for many days. By in large they produce poorly designed applications that small businesses just about manage to use. This comes to an end in January, as Apple today announced the end of life for any business that published Applications using template or app building services.
- Whether this extends to low-code system or not, no one yet knows, but if Apple is targeting general quality of apps then it’s probably worth looking into alternatives.
So now what? We know that many small businesses are likely to get impacted by Apple’s news and so we are making it easy and affordable (split into weekly payments till the App is built) for anyone who had a templated App that's likely to be taken off the App Store.
- The hybrid cloud solution offers the flexibility of choosing the private or public cloud as per needs but increases complexity due to the implications imposed by using different cloud providers.
- Large organisations often prefer this model since they can use cloud solution as per their need.
- For example, an organisation may want to run test cases on Public Cloud but source the final production only on Private Cloud.
If you are looking at scalability cloud computing solutions right now, then it would be advisable to try and gauge your infrastructure requirements fully before you make a decision. Don’t stress, the Cloud is only going to make your life much simpler! Once you’ve settled in on top of your game with the right type of cloud computing solution, you will find a lot of otherwise tedious manual interventions being replaced by smooth automated workflows. Now let us tell you a little about Builder Cloud. We are the largest AWS partners in India.
Our human-assisted AI works in the background to buy forward capacity from partners including Amazon Web Services to ensure that we can provide you with capacity exactly when you need it, and at the best price possible. What's more: our prepaid AWS cloud vastly improves monitoring for enterprises, allowing for controlled spending and fixed budgets, automated tracking, local currency support, with all information displayed in real time on an easy-to-use dashboard.
Erica Grigg is our Global Lead of Digital at Builder.ai, where she's been on board since August 2018. Previously, Erica Co-founded a media startup, co-authored a book on Facebook and worked with numerous businesses and non-profits, including the World Wildlife Fund, the United Nations and Comcast. She's happy to share her lessons learned and best practices yet to be developed on the Builder Blog. Follow her on social media @EricaGrigg on Twitter and at linkedin.com/user/ericagrigg.