Public or private cloud – what are the benefits?

Most people unaware of what cloud really is could be forgiven for thinking that it’s just a means to store documents away from their computer.  However, it’s much more than this – it’s about freeing up vital resources.

There are, in fact, two ways this can be done – privately or publicly.  The latter, as might be expected, relates to users storing their files on a publicly accessed system.

I believe there are benefits to both systems, so it really comes down to how important your documents are to your business or organisation.

Public cloud basically means paying for a service online that other organisations and individuals can purchase.  Often this is a fixed monthly fee (even free in some circumstances) or it might be on a pay-as-you-go basis.

While generally it’s cheap, there can be problems.  First, the amount of space offered may be limited.  Moreover, the system used may invariably be rather inflexible.  In short, what you pay for may not be what you actually want.

However, providing you know this, public services can be a very inexpensive option for users who do not need information secure.

If, however, security matters, then private systems are an obvious choice.  The biggest advantage of going private is the flexibility of the resources.  For instance, if you need more storage, or want to reduce the amount you have available then this is built into the pricing structure.

Going private may also allow for a user to upload and access documents in another way than normal.

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