Public vs. Private: Things to consider before moving to the Cloud
Katie Daggett
February 7, 2014

So, you’re thinking of moving your company’s data to the cloud?

There’s a lot to consider, with one of the first decisions being whether to go with a public or private cloud solution.

If your company stores customer data on its servers, security should be foremost on your mind. Keep in mind that your customers don’t really care whether your company stores its data on a public or private cloud, but they will hold you responsible if their data is compromised due to a security breach.

You may recall when Dropbox, a popular – and free- public cloud solution – went down for several hours on January 10. Although the company claims routine maintenance for the failure, and denies any data breach, anonymous hackers have claimed responsibility for crashing the system.

Also of concern are the Congressional assertions that the Chinese government may be conducting a cyber-spying campaign against the United States, presenting a risk for American Citizens and providers of cloud computing services.

So, which is safer – public or private?

While public clouds can be made relatively secure, private cloud access is easier to control both internally and externally, and firewalls can be implemented to protect further against external threats.

If you’re storing your company’s data in a public cloud, you trust the provider to secure the system and protect your data. Essentially, you are giving up control of your data security to a third-party.

If you are in the financial, government or healthcare industry, compliance is another issue to factor in. While public cloud providers CAN offer full compliance protocols, not every provider does. When you’re working with a private cloud solution, maintaining control over your own data, compliance will naturally be less of an issue.

What about Cost?

Finally, the issues of scalability and cost go hand in hand. It’s important, when considering cost, to weigh not only the upfront investment, but also long-term expenses, operational costs, maintenance and application expenses. While private cloud solutions will require additional hardware and longer timelines for expansion than private, the cost of setting up private cloud is becoming faster and more inexpensive due to the new category of Cloud Management Platforms now available. Private cloud solutions can be set up in minutes through on-demand, self-service platforms.

HP Microsoft’s Private Cloud Solution

If you’re considering moving to a private cloud, HP Consulting Services for Virtualization & Microsoft Private Cloud provide the consulting and integration resources needed for effective implementation of virtualization or the private cloud solution using HP and Microsoft technology—either incorporating components in your infrastructure or building on the HP Cloud Solution for Microsoft.

HP services can help you extend HP Cloud Solution for Microsoft to deliver a private cloud computer system. Using this system, you can build a catalog of cloud services, one service at a time, while maintaining the security and reliability of the enterprise data center.