Considering a cloud computing solution for your small business? Here's the million-dollar question: Should you use a public, private or hybrid cloud? After costs, scalability, security and other factors, some small businesses may find that mirroring its resources across public clouds with private environments may be the best option.
A public cloud lets you store data remotely in shared servers housed in off-site data centers, whereas a private cloud does so in on-premise servers within your own secure network. A hybrid cloud, however, gives you the benefit of both public and private clouds, letting you store regular files remotely and sensitive files in your own backyard. But for most budget- and resource-strapped small businesses, constructing their own in-house infrastructures for a private or hybrid cloud is out of the question. If you fall in this category, a more cost-effective option is to use a public cloud mirroring approach.
Mike Chase, chief technology officer at cloud services provider dinCloud, shared the following insights on why mirroring resources across public clouds may be a better option than a hybrid cloud for small businesses. [Is Your Small Business Too Small for a Hybrid Cloud?]
Why shouldn't small businesses consider a hybrid cloud?
1. Cost. A large enterprise's cost model is exponentially higher than a cloud provider's; for instance, storage is 24.6 cents per GB per month versus 4.5 cents per GB per month. Thus, a small business's cost model is even worse since they lack buying power.
2. Expertise. A small business trying to support anything on-site without scale costs even more due to the level and diversity of underutilized expertise required. Even when they can afford the expertise that enterprises can, its sheer scale is unwieldy because they lack the type of expertise found in the cloud, which ranges from technical to custom software programming.
3. Security. Public clouds with private environments [versus in-house private clouds] are far more secure simply because they are attacked the most. Thus, these environments innovate the best defenses in a world where attacks move and change in the blink of an eye. Governments are secretly in cyberwars right now where I can tell you that absolutely no enterprise security software stops them, much less even detects them. Cloud providers with armies of their own code new innovative defenses keep even the governments at bay.
Why is mirroring resources across public clouds a better option?
Multi-vendor strategies are sometimes a matter of taste, or sometimes mandated by regulatory or internal policies. Mirroring your resources between vendors means high availability when you need it. The only way for any business of any size to do this cost effectively is to leverage the cloud. A look back in history shows this to be true — in the past, only the very largest companies did this within their own infrastructures and even then it wasn’t fully since they lacked the programmatic resources of the cloud.
The real definition of a cloud is being able to achieve a portfolio of high-quality solutions with world-class expertise and low-cost models. Geographic reach across premium data centers ultimately don't matter because programmatic cloud orchestration enhances the availability, security, transport, reporting, distribution, encryption and much more in a total package. This cloud mirroring package continues to adapt, change and innovate at a pace that a private cloud person couldn't possibly keep pace with, even at a Fortune 100 company.
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Originally published on Business News Daily.