Business Cloud deployment in time of crisis

Is There Value in Cloud Deployment?

Do you understand the difference between public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud, and how they can impact your business?

Have you read our "Introduction to Cloud Computing" blog?  

Have you been following what we do?  

You may already be quite convinced that you should be using business cloud services, and the custom solutions we offer under normal business conditions. However, in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the future financial implications thereof, your choice to use the cloud or not might impact your company’s long-term sustainability.  

With the COVID-19 crisis unfolding, businesses are asking whether they have adopted the right cloud computing solutions for their enterprise’s processes. We are now at the stage where your choice of cloud computing is vital to your long-term sustainability and profitability. Flexible cloud deployment is critical to enable businesses to be agile and adaptable with their workloads, processes and the support they can give to remote workforces.  

Decision-makers in the business arena are tasking their IT leaders to advance their cloud deployments away from one size fits all, to specialist service providers focused on their business niche. The cloud services we offer at Boss Hosting are constantly expanding to meet increasingly focused and customised business models.

Large-scale public cloud infrastructure service providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, are the workhorses for general workloads and application deployments. However, SMME's are looking past these tech giants towards more personalised virtual machine services more suited to their needs as they assess what business means for them going forward and beyond 2020.

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Private Cloud
A private cloud is part of a business's existing LAN (local area network) and resides behind a firewall isolating the servers from the internet. Private clouds often, but not always, involve physical servers on a business's premises. They are usually adopted by companies in highly regulated sectors, such as financial services. This is primarily because the private cloud offers higher levels of direct control and security. Enterprises that want to maintain a level of control over aspects of data storage and application control, opt for private cloud deployments.

Public cloud
The public cloud is characterised by services on offer from the established hyperscalers, notably Amazon, Microsoft and Google. Public clouds are fully remote servers accessed via a standard connection to the internet. They offer massive scalability, making them ideal for many customer-facing applications such as e-commerce. Businesses shift the maintenance of cloud infrastructure to the service provider, thus reducing costs. The public cloud does, however, mean reduced security as it uses a shared infrastructure.

Hybrid Cloud
Mixing public and private cloud deployments is referred to as the hybrid cloud. Offering high levels of flexibility, hybrid cloud services have become almost the default cloud computing model for most businesses. Hybrid maintains some degree of control on-premises for sensitive data and applications. It also allows the massive scalability of the public cloud when this is needed. Many businesses have taken advantage of hybrid to scale their cloud deployments. Maintenance and complexity, in particular, need to be carefully considered to avoid security issues.​

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