Public, Private, or Hybrid Cloud: What You Need to KnowThe adoption of cloud technology has the potential to support operational and organizational efficiencies, with a recent study identifying three key benefits:

  • Cost savings were identified by 42 percent of respondents.
  • Getting things done more efficiently (40 percent).
  • Better allocation of IT resources (38 percent).

But over and above these benefits, the research was also able to establish that the organizations that were actively employing the cloud were seeing much higher revenue growth rates. These amounted to a significant 46 percent increase for on-premises cloud and 51 percent when off-premises cloud technology was used.

Sounds great, right? But when you are considering a move to the cloud, how do you determine which cloud option is right for your business? Many of today’s enterprises need a videoconferencing solution, for example, that can accommodate an increasingly mobile workforce, using an increasingly diverse scope of mobile devices, yet remain private and secure.

Businesses that require constant collaboration or exclusively communicate over the phone or in meeting rooms can still get by with a small onsite data storage system, or “private cloud,” providing they have the IT people in place to run it properly.

Public clouds are just what the name implies: Public (and usually free). A service provider (think Dropbox) makes resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the Internet.

Companies are interested in hybridization, though, because it’s highly flexible. They can keep sensitive information in their private cloud, while placing more routine, peripheral activities in the public cloud, thereby freeing up even more space in their onsite data storage systems. Hybrid cloud simply means two clouds that share a connection, a community cloud and a private cloud, two public clouds, or any other mixture of cloud technology that brings two or more cloud setups together, and allow them to “communicate” with each other.

Originally, hybrid cloud solutions were brought to the market as a launching pad for switching IT to either a private or public cloud. Today, however, more businesses are interested in keeping the hybrid cloud solution as a complete solution.

Which Cloud is Right for You?

Public solutions can be completely outsourced to a third party, and private resources can be neatly managed by an onsite IT team or contractor. Hybrid systems call for a little more finesse, as everyone in the organization must be able to integrate between the new platform and the old, and adjust to network changes, such as device policies and accessibility restrictions.

Additionally, since you customize a hybrid cloud solution to your needs, the process is not finished even though everything is connected. Personnel, executive leaders, clients, and anyone else on the network must adopt the technology and understand how everything is set up. This may call for an outside consultant as things get up and running.

These challenges affect any kind of cloud adoption or technological integration throughout an enterprise.

Hybrid clouds can be scaled up or down easily, giving you control over network assets, and are cost-effective. Additionally, these solutions allow you to control and track information easily across the cloud. These can be also be set up to address any security issues related to your industry, and administrator access helps ensure any devices that connect to the cloud meet usage standards. Also, updates are easy to roll out across an organization. Simply schedule an update, and it will be applied whenever a device connects to the network.

Hybrid clouds, if set up properly, are generally more secure than public clouds, as IT professionals can pick and choose where they put that really private information—it’s probably not going to be on the public side of things.

Hybrid cloud brings a lot to the table for companies looking to reevaluate their cloud computing setups. It’s open-ended and customizable, and you can create unique models tailored to your company, and your business goals. As with any operational business change, there are factors like cost and data security to consider, but overall, the hybrid cloud is worth a close look.

If you need additional help selecting a videoconferencing system that can accommodate your needs, reach out to a cloud services provider. These experts can address your concerns and help you develop a unique system for your business’ specific challenges.

At Advanced AV we empower live meetings and remote collaboration by deploying the technology that helps your organization connect, communicate and engage with its customers, employees and stakeholders. Connect with us to find out more about how Advanced AV can help you achieve your business and technology goals.

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