The words ‘cloud’, ‘cloud computing’ and ‘cloud based platforms’ are used all over the IT departments of today businesses. The word is out on the street, too. Cloud computing is in fashion. It is replacing traditional data centers. But often, the term ‘cloud’ and ‘data center’ are still used interchangeably. The term ‘cloud’ generally implies […]
The words ‘cloud’, ‘cloud computing’ and ‘cloud based platforms’ are used all over the IT departments of today businesses. The word is out on the street, too. Cloud computing is in fashion. It is replacing traditional data centers. But often, the term ‘cloud’ and ‘data center’ are still used interchangeably. The term ‘cloud’ generally implies public cloud, although organizations are also converting their traditional data centers into a service oriented private cloud.
But the only thing these two have in common, is the fact that they can both store data.
The main difference between the two infrastructure relates to the place of storage. Whilst a public cloud stores data and functions on the internet and therefore off-premise, data centers and private clouds store data in-house using hardware IT equipment within the premise of a business’ local network.
Cloud computing platforms are usually outsourced to third party service providers, whilst data centers and private clouds are run by in-house IT teams. Many of the cost saving, security, and efficiency benefits of cloud solutions accrue from the specialised expertise of the right service providers.
While you have full control over a data center its capacity can be limited. Once it is build and setup, you cannot increase the amount of resources and workloads without purchasing and installing additional hardware. Organizations can transform their traditional data centers to a private cloud allowing them to increase capacity – but this usually involves a capex spend. In comparison, public cloud resources are scalable, can grow together with your business, and can provide a pay-per-use consumption model.
Data centers and private clouds only give access to users with company-approved credentials, so that you are in complete control of the security of your data, infrastructure and management systems. Depending on which type of cloud you opt for, there are more or less exit and entry points for threats to get to your data. Furthermore, handing over your data and data management to a third party service provider opens security questions. You therefore need to make sure that your vendor of choice is accredited and holds the necessary and most up to date security credentials.
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