Pros and Cons of Public Cloud
By Data Installations & Supplies ltd
Knowing the pros and cons of public cloud is a good thing to find out before making any decisions on migrating your network infrastructure. Cloud computing has been trending for a while now, with Hybrid Cloud and SaaS on the rise, Public Cloud in particular, is experiencing expediential growth; thanks to everyone jumping on the bandwagon during the global pandemic.
With more and more organisations forced to cater to remote workers, meant they also needed to make data accessible to the cloud to keep up with demand and have ‘business running as normal’. Or adapting to the ‘new normal’ for some I guess.
Public cloud is an IT service that provides a gateway for people to access necessary recourses through the internet. Although there are many benefits of having a public cloud, it’s also important to know the potential drawbacks associated too. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of public cloud will give you a good head start on making the right decision for your business infrastructure.
Let’s dive into the Pros and Cons of Public Cloud.
Public Cloud Benefits
1. Scalability and Reliability
One of the best features of public cloud is the ability to scale automatically. Before ‘The cloud’ concept was available, companies had to buy additional storage, hardware and software to prepare themselves in case of a failure. Now we have access to the public cloud, company data is automatically mirrored from the cloud, meeting the requirements needed while also relieving IT professionals of the worries around data backup or excess costs. Meaning, downtime and crashes can be avoided because the workload will balance according to your business needs. Thus, offering a scalable and reliable solution for your network infrastructure.
2. Cost and Maintenance
Another desirable public cloud benefit is the pay-as-you-go model, which don’t typically require any long-term contracts. Payment is typically made every month, according to how much resources are being used. Which could save a lot of money as businesses only pay for what is being used rather than paying for what could have been used. Another money-saving element comes from the maintenance you get from your service provider, who take care of the bandwidth, hardware and application systems. Which technically means you don’t need an IT professional to maintain this area of the company anymore because all those aspects (often including security and upgrades) are already taken care of.
3. Agility and Productivity
With public cloud, you can go global in minutes, you can make your business accessible from anywhere and to anyone you want. Do you have staff that need to work from home, from the office or somewhere like the airport? Consider it done. Businesses that invest part of their network infrastructure into the cloud instantly become more productive and dynamic. Your business can adapt and evolve with the forever changing environment of technology and continuously improve on processes. Which enables you to act fast, make quick decisions and open the doors for speedy delivery. With this part of the network infrastructure being widely available to colleagues and customers, you’ll see an increase in internal operations, better collaboration, advanced business initiatives and rollouts and much more.
Now let’s take a look at the disadvantages around Public Cloud
Public Cloud Disadvantages
1. Security and Privacy
The safety and security of private data inside the public cloud is a big concern from a lot of IT and security professionals around the world. In a recent survey, it was found that 33% were extremely concerned about their cloud security. Yet, the same report showed that around 50% of those same people believed their public cloud data was just as secure as their data on-prem. However, there is a solution to those concerns, which comes down to access control, followed by network security. Investing in antivirus and anti-malware technology can help protect business networks with a centrally managed antivirus solution.
2. Flexibility and Customisation
Some public cloud providers tend to promote a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, which is quite misleading. For companies that have a mixture of different application systems or complex network architecture, this can become a problem later on down the road. Aspects of the public cloud environment can be quite restricting and limit your customisation processes. That’s what organisations with complex needs tend to opt for other cloud services, such as the Hybrid Cloud Solution, where you have access to both private and public cloud services. However, if you’re network infrastructure is quite new or don’t need any customisation then public cloud could still be the best option for you.
3. Control and Support
When accessing the public cloud, you’re actually sharing the same infrastructure space as other public cloud users. With that in mind, the maintenance and the management of your space is completely taken care of by the service provider, so you don’t have to worry about anything. You’ve basically agreed to give control to the provider which also means you don’t require any support. In fact, with some providers having ‘support’ comes under a separate contract, so it’s worth noting that when weighing up your options. Some IT professionals would deem this as a disadvantage of using Public Cloud services because they still want complete control over all aspects of their infrastructure. However, other IT professionals prefer it as it’s one less thing to worry about and like the safety net given to them from their service provider. This means your IT department can focus on other areas of the business and not have to deal with any of the pesky upkeeping that they had to endure before.
Public Cloud Providers
Getting the right service provider is one of the most important steps before migrating your company data over to the cloud. We understand that people can’t get all their answers from Google and rely on real-life friendly and professional advice when committing to such a big change. That’s why we offer a range of UK cloud services with 24/7 support and customer service.
Contact DIS today to discuss your IT strategy and business requirements.