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By Mike Herrington

There is a lot to think about when selecting a cloud solution for your business. Do you go with public or private cloud? Do you opt for a flat-rate fee or a utility-based model for billing? Are there regulations that prevent you from storing data on a public cloud? What are the security concerns involved with cloud solutions? Do you have the resources to manage those cloud solutions to your benefit?

Cloud computing is a huge buzzword in the industry and there are a plethora of options out there. Private cloud typically means that you build it yourself in your own data center and make it accessible to the outside world. It’s typically more expensive but you maintain complete control of the environment and thereby the integrity of your data. This is often a good choice for highly regulated or security-conscious organizations.

Public cloud is another option. Examples of public cloud are businesses like Amazon, Rackspace and Microsoft’s Azure. They offer business benefits such as speed, agility, scalability, security and more. Billing for these solutions is typically done on a utility basis, which can be attractive based on your workload and specific needs.

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