Private Cloud, Public Cloud: What’s The Difference?

With the development of new technology advancing at seemingly breakneck speeds, the only thing inconvenient in this age of omni-convenience is keeping up with it all. Many people are making cloud computing a regular part of their resource management, but with the meteoric rise of these impressive and useful networks of remote-accessible storage, some may find their minds a bit boggled.

A question we get from people looking to invest in a cloud-based digital asset management solution is about the difference between the public cloud and a private cloud. We’ll break down the main components of public and private cloud computing services, so that you can decide what best suits your needs in asset management.

Cloud storage is evolving into a fairly well known entity.  IBM, Microsoft, Amazon and Google all have their own offerings in public clouds.  These services are usually provided by the company through a third party over the internet and have proven to be desirable for their relatively low expense and user friendliness. While some public clouds are free, many operate on a pay-by-the-month platform, which can be useful for short-term storage.  Despite the appeal of less initial effort, there has been wide skepticism about the security, reliability, and limitation of public cloud networks. This is where the private side of cloud management comes in.

While the monthly costs of public clouds can add up, private networks often charge based on the size of the files, which can be more cost effective in the long run. With private clouds, an optimum level of control and security are some of the most compelling advantages. Such attributes in a cloud are particularly imperative if your business is comprised largely of internally produced applications and data. If you find the right company, you can be treated to a private cloud with greater customization possibilities, reliable security, and an utter lack of limitations.

Such a thing exists as a hybrid cloud, which includes a variety of public and private options with multiple providers.  For multi-layered businesses, this can be helpful to spread storage out in different environments suited best for the data being stored. The downside to hybrid clouds is keeping tracks of different methods of security as well as assuring that all aspects of your business can communicate with each other.

Mainstream Data has built a reputation for exceeding expectations in private cloud-based digital asset management. Backed by a world-class team of business and technological minds, Mainstream’s mission is to provide comprehensive solutions to the problems of content and distribution management. Their Medias platform allows clients to upload, manage, store, publish, and deliver files of any type in a secure, simple, and speedy manner. And with a strong customer support team to assist you at every turn, it won’t be long before using a cloud network won’t feel daunting at all.

While a single article may not entirely demystify the whole concept of cloud-based file management, having a basic understanding of the essentials for which to look can set you on the right path in your research. After all, it wasn’t long ago that the most exposure I’d had to cloud management was staring up at the sky and finding ones that were shaped like my favorite dinosaurs.

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