Public v Private CloudCloud networking can be confusing.  You may be asking yourself what are the differences between a public cloud network and a private cloud network.  Maybe you’re wondering which kind of cloud network is best for your business.  At smplsolutions, we have experience in both kinds of cloud networking and can help you understand the differences.

Let’s start at the beginning and make sure we’re all on the same page.  Cloud providers deliver applications and services such as voice and data communications over the Internet.  Rather than users maintaining their own software and hardware on their own premises, cloud users rely on their cloud provider to “host” the servers at their location and provide the necessary maintenance and upgrades.

A private cloud network can be achieved one of two ways.  A company can either pay to have its own hardware hosted in the cloud provider’s rack space, or it can pay to use dedicated space on the cloud provider’s server.  In either option, the company has a server or a portion of a server that is only accessed by the company.  It also has dedicated bandwidth so it will not be affected by the other companies subscribing to cloud services.

Public Cloud Network

The public cloud is slightly different.  In most cases, companies use a portion of a server that is shared among many companies.  These companies share a predetermined amount of bandwidth, and if there is a high volume of traffic for one or more of the companies, the other companies are likely to experience a delay in accessing their hosted data.  Public cloud networks are generally less costly than private cloud networks.

Regardless of which cloud network you choose, there are benefits to hosted services.  Hosted providers guarantee an effective, reliable and secure communications environment, without the headaches associated with purchasing, owning and maintaining your own communications servers.