Cloud computing. It’s a relatively new phenomenon that not everyone has got their heads around yet. It’s a subject that has been been debated widely, with many questioning its pros and cons, and how secure cloud computing really is. Part of the problem is that it is not very well understood. Cloud computing, as defined on our website, is:
“a general and collective term for any technology that delivers IT services to users as a utility (like electricity) over a network, typically via the internet.”
Cloud computing offers better corporate mobility, agility and continuity for your chambers and can streamline your data and file management, a process that can be both complex and costly.
Most of us use the public cloud in some way to store our personal files, photographs and videos. We are mostly familiar with Dropbox, the Apple cloud and other public, internet-based services like this.
Our business is to help chambers convert their data to a cloud-based operating system, and offer ongoing IT and security support. Are you thinking of shifting your chambers IT infrastructure to the cloud, but aren’t sure which is best – the public or private cloud?
So what’s the difference and which is best for your chambers?
Public cloud hosting solutions are based on shared physical hardware, owned and operated by a third party. This eradicates hardware or maintenance costs for your chambers. It is the ideal choice for those with fluctuating demands, who don’t want to have to honour a set, high monthly cost for a private cloud hosting solution.
The main benefits of the public cloud are the speed with which you can deploy IT resources and the reduced costs. Infrastructure costs are obviously spread across all users of that particular system, which makes it a low-cost, pay as you go cloud hosting option.
A private cloud hosting offers the same agility and efficiency of the public cloud, but can guarantee greater levels of control and security, making it ideal for larger businesses, or organisations with strict data controls and regulations. It is also possible to customise the storage and networking components to best suit your specific IT requirements.
To make an educated choice, it’s vital to look in depth at the performance difference between the two, and assess carefully what you usage might be in terms of applications, storage, regulatory issues and service levels.
Can’t decide which approach is best for you chambers? Get in touch to discuss your cloud hosting options, and the support that we can offer your chambers. Our knowledgeable and friendly support team are on hand to give you all the help you need.