Despite the fact that the majority of companies have implemented a hybrid cloud strategy this year, perhaps you are still on the fence as to whether this cloud solution is best for your organization. In order to assist businesses in this critical decision-making process, we’ve assembled a comparison guide that showcases the top benefits of two of today’s most popular cloud options: hybrid and public. The public cloud is one of today’s most widely used platforms amongst enterprises today.

Public Cloud

Public cloud is the most straight-forward storage solution in the world of cloud computing. Dropbox is a perfect example of a public cloud, as is Amazon Web Services (AWS). This service enables users to access, share and consume files regardless of the device being used (i.e. smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop), significantly enhancing user productivity and streamlining operations. Wondering if public cloud is right for you? Here are some top benefits:

  • Less of a hassle: No in-house servers are required in order to deploy a public cloud service, leading to a quick and easy implementation process. Additionally, users will not have to rely as heavily on the expertise of their IT staff, which is necessary for deploying the solution.
  • Easy to use: Generally speaking, the public cloud is easy to utilize. Users’ information is stored in one easily accessible location. With everything readily available in one space, the solution can be deployed and immediately used by employees within just minutes.
  • Save more money: The majority of public cloud solutions enable users to pay as they go, meaning they only need to pay for those services they use. What’s more, because there is no need for IT to physically install and maintain the solution, saving on capital expenses.

Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud storage has become increasingly popular among enterprises; in fact, a reported 82 percent have implemented a hybrid cloud strategy in 2015, according to Right Scale. Hybrid cloud solutions enable IT decision makers to effectively manage both local and off-site data, essentially enjoying the best of both the public and private cloud. By leveraging the hybrid cloud, enterprises can access their data from anywhere, at anytime, in a controlled and secure manner. Here are some top benefits …

  • Added security: The option to keep specific data in-house, versus all in a public cloud, enables organizations to have complete ownership over sensitive, pertinent information. Enterprises that handle private information, such as healthcare providers, have the option to securely monitor that data in-house. In this way, the private cloud serves as an additional protective measure against security attacks.
  • Increased Cost efficiency: A case study done by Wikibon shows that a hybrid cloud strategy can allow three times more organizational value to be created, with a breakeven of five months after an initial investment.
  • Enhanced scalability: One of the greatest draws for public cloud is scalability. Users can scale up or down, depending on their enterprises needs specific to the amount of data that they may encounter. The expansive and flexible nature of the public cloud enables users to continually store data without having to invest in new hardware or services.

Addressing the needs of your enterprise is the first step towards determining what cloud service you should be using. To learn more about how AAJ can help facilitate a seamless cloud migration for your organization, whether hybrid or public, click here.