The potential advantages of cloud computing are well documented. If designed and provisioned properly, cloud deployments can lower capital and operating costs, increase flexibility and reduce complexity. You need to weigh the benefits gained from using one type of solution over another. When making the decision between private and public, it is useful to consider the following questions:

  1. What level of security do your applications require?
  2. What level of control and customization do you need?
  3. What type of support services do you expect with your cloud solution?
  4. What are your cost and flexibility expectations?
  5. What stipulations will you have with respect to availability and performance?

Enterprises need to select a cloud-hosting model by evaluating each application or workload individually, as the security and customization requirements may differ greatly. For example, web content for public distribution may not need the same levels of security and control as a company’s ERP applications. Enterprises may end up leveraging both private and public cloud solutions for different initiatives or applications.

Regardless of your particular deployment, it is imperative to select a solution that delivers an enhanced end-user experience and superior availability. From the cloud to the end user, Internap will help you identify and deploy the best solutions for your business needs. Download our decision brief, “Cloud Hosting: Public or Private,” to help get a clear idea of your cloud requirements.