Public cloud vs Private cloud - Which is right for your telecom business?

More and more telecommunication businesses are adopting hosted services which in turn opening up a whole new world of solutions using the cloud hosted services. These cloud-hosted service are much more cost effective as compared to onsite solutions. Onsite implementation requires installation of hardware, heavy equipment and its maintenance. Scalability is another important factor that cloud-hosted services makes very easy. If a company want to expand no additional hardware will be required for installation by the company.

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Businesses can store unlimited amount of data as well as gain access to high computing resources using cloud computing which is usually provided by servers operated and maintained by third-party providers. This actually means businesses of all sizes now have access to the same computing resources that are using latest software. But it's not all that easy when it comes to picking which cloud-hosting strategy is right for your business. There are a number of cloud-hosting service providers with different plans and packages. It is also not always a one-way decision to go over the cloud. Some businesses have very confidential data that they are reluctant to place on a third-party servers. So whether you are a small business or large enterprise, it requires a carefully built cloud strategy to choose the one that is right for you.

Cloud hosting models can be either public or private. Public cloud refers to a cloud infrastructure in which a third-party offers applications, storage and resources hosting for your organization either free or pay-per-usage basis. Private cloud refers to an internal cloud infrastructure that is solely operated for a single organization. The private cloud services can be managed and hosted either internally (by the organization itself) or externally (by a third-party service provider) but in any case, the applications, storage and resources must be have access for only single organization.

There is also a hybrid approach that combines the benefits of public and private cloud computing. The hybrid cloud service is composed of some combination of private, public and free community based cloud services. Business can take advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness of public cloud services, while also ensuring that confidential data is kept in a private cloud for greater security by opting the hybrid approach.

Now decision is only yours to choose which cloud hosting model is right for your business. If cost-effectiveness is your priority, go for the public cloud. If data security is your top priority, for the private cloud. If cost-effectiveness and data security are both your priorities, then go for the hybrid approach. Hybrid approach is becoming popular in businesses because gives the power of both public and private cloud.