There are basically three variations available:
- Public cloud, where users share hardware and/or software resources on a 'multi-tenanted' basis;
- Private cloud, where resources are specifically allocated for individual users/businesses; and
- Hybrid cloud, which utilizes a combination of public and private cloud, and maybe even on-premises resources.
Each have their pros and cons, and need to be considered when designing the most optimum solution for your business needs.
SpectraCloud now offers our clients the security of a private cloud and the flexibility of a hybrid cloud. Private clouds typically provide the best security and control. Benefits include:
- Each client has their own, specifically allocated virtual servers, processors, RAM, and storage. While this means that your information and data is in no danger of being co-mingled with others, you have access to the power you need when you need it.
- Data is stored in a Tier IV data center, providing the best in physical security, including:
- 7x24x365 visurveillance
- 7x24x365 on-site guards
- Biometric access
- Security breach alarms
- VESDA smoke detectors
- Intrusion prevention
- Network protection behind carrier-class firewalls, with DoD level data network security, Digital Rights Management, and Data Loss Prevention.
- Multiple redundancies on power, environmental controls, and network access, insuring access to your data will be unimpeded because of power outages or facilities cuts.
- Full compliance with the major security audits, such as SSAE-16, PCI, HIPAA, and HITECH. Such compliance is key in your dealings with governmental and industry agencies.
- Data backup and disaster recovery options, allowing off-site storage and archival of your valuable data and intellectual property. We can provide multiple recovery scenarios to match your exact needs.
- Location independence, providing accessibility to your people regardless of internet-connected location or smart device.
- Planned, predictable costs, enabling you to budget your expenses with a minimum of surprises and sticker-shock.
- Considered an operating expense, saving valuable capital dollars for other business needs and expansions. This is very dependent on your accounting philosophy and procedures.
- Planned migration of applications to cloud as needed, allowing you to ease into the cloud environment on your terms, not someone else's. It's not all-or-nothing, giving you the flexibility to do a little or a lot at a time.
- Technology obsolescence is minimized, as technology is constantly refreshed in our cloud.
- Faster allocation and implementation of resources is possible because minimal design work is required. There is still the need for proper analysis and a little lead time, but not like waiting for equipment to be shipped and made ready.
- Pay only for what you use when you use it, instead of paying for idle processing and storage capacities. This helps cash flow and keep costs down.
The flexibility of the cloud allows you to pick and choose what works best for you. While some situations may not lend themselves to the cloud, thousands, if not millions, of businesses have benefited in ways beyond simple purchase pricing, such as:
- Freeing up on-premises real estate space
- Decreasing power and utility consumption
- Reducing on-site expertise needs
- Eliminating annual hardware maintenance
- Receiving more physical and network security, utility redundancies, and backup than could be otherwise afforded
- Easier support of mobile workers and remote locations, improving morale and lowering real estate requirements
- Legal and industry compliance
If you'd like to learn more on how the cloud may benefit you and your business, please contact our SpectraCLoud representative today for more information and analysis.