Using cloud computing, such as AWS, can slash the cost of maintaining and managing your IT systems. It also makes it easy to scale down or scale up your storage and operation needs as your business situation changes. Furthermore, cloud computing relies on automatic software integration and updates.

Before you can reap the benefits of cloud computing, you have to select your chosen type of cloud service: public cloud, private, or hybrid cloud.

So, what is a public cloud, and should you choose it? Read on to find out.

Public cloud

The public cloud refers to a cloud computing model where a service provider creates computing tools and leases them to multiple tenants through the internet. The tenants may pay a fee or access the service for free. This fee will be paid via on-demand pricing schemes or a subscription model. AWS and Microsoft Azure are some public cloud examples.

Public cloud systems and programs are fully virtualized, offering resources on-demand. In addition, some public cloud providers backup their files across multiple data centers to guarantee smooth disaster recovery.

The main benefit of public cloud computing is that it is cheap. You won't have to purchase software or hardware to store your data in the cloud or run operations virtually. Similarly, you are not required to perform any maintenance on the servers.

Another benefit of cloud computing is improved data security. Generally, public cloud service providers are large corporations that invest heavily in security. As a result, this highly qualified team of security experts is better positioned to develop the best security tools and thwart cyber attacks.

Private cloud

A private cloud offers computing services to select users via a private internal network or the internet. It combines most of the advantages of cloud computing with the control and security of on-premises IT hardware. A private cloud can be hosted either at a third-party colocation facility, via a private cloud provider, or at the organization’s own data center.

Private cloud versus public cloud

The main difference between public and private clouds is that the public cloud delivers computing resources across organizations, while the private cloud provides computing resources to a single organization. In addition, there are considerable differences between the two computing platforms, such as:

  • The public cloud computing infrastructure is available to the public over the internet, while private cloud computing infrastructure is shared privately with an organization.
  • Multiple enterprises can use public cloud resources, while only one enterprise can use private cloud resources.
  • The service provider hosts the public cloud service, while the private cloud can be hosted by the service provider or at the enterprise's premises.
  • Public cloud services are highly scalable, while the scalability of private cloud services is limited.

There's also a third category of cloud computing called hybrid cloud. This is where computing applications can use private or public cloud infrastructure. Consequently, cloud computing includes multiple elements such as on-premises infrastructure, public cloud storage, personal cloud service, and mixed computing.

Organizations may prefer hybrid cloud computing because it supports a fast-moving corporate transformation. Hybrid cloud computing also supports innovation, agility, and scalability. Furthermore, it can protect sensitive data without increasing hardware costs.

Amazon Web Services

You may be wondering: Is AWS a public or private cloud? Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a public cloud computing platform that combines platform-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service, and software-as-a-service. It also includes security, mobile development, email, remote computing and networking, storage, and servers. As of April 2022, AWS offers more than 200 fully-featured services to millions of customers worldwide.

Other unique capabilities of AWS include the internet of things, data lakes and analytics, and artificial intelligence. Consequently, migrating your current applications into the AWS cloud is more cost-effective, easier, and faster.

AWS is popular because it has no long-term commitments or upfront expenses. That is because Amazon has built a worldwide cloud computing infrastructure at scale and enjoys cost-saving benefits. Currently, AWS has a pay-as-you-go pricing model.

The right cloud platform for you

Once you have decided to migrate your IT systems to the cloud, you will need to choose between a public, private, or hybrid cloud. The choice of the ideal cloud platform depends on internal business factors and the type of industry that you are operating in.

According to Forbes, public cloud computing is the preferred cloud platform in most cases. That is because it is difficult for any business manager to justify investing in internal resources when the business can get the same benefits from a public cloud at a fraction of the cost. This is in addition to the extra benefits of cloud computing, such as limitless disaster recovery capabilities and infinite computing storage and agility.

Nevertheless, your business may still be better off using a private or hybrid cloud solution in some situations. For instance, some countries have regulations that force companies not to transfer data overseas. Another reason could be the desire to maintain optimum latency.

Why use Stax when making the move to the public cloud

Stax remains the only native AWS cloud management solution. The solution is ideal for businesses looking to renovate or migrate their IT systems to the cloud. Once you purchase the solution, you will be able to enjoy pre-configured controls for monitoring, network connectivity, identity, and access management and security.

Stax's architecture is serverless and designed to boost reliability while reducing complexity and the threat of public cloud data security breaches. As a result, you will be able to easily integrate it into your organization without hindering normal business operations. More importantly, you will do all this without incurring extra costs.

Capable software programmers have developed Stax to leverage comprehensive documentation and factory integration. The suite of capabilities facilitates a smooth and seamless migration to the public cloud. You will also avoid public cloud security risks while enjoying operational flexibility.

Getting started

Moving your IT systems to the cloud is recommended for all organizations. Nevertheless, you have to choose between private or public clouds. This process is easier if you partner with a native cloud management solution, such as Stax. We will help you find and implement the right computing resources for your business. Contact us to get started.


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By Team Stax