Which Cloud Solution is Right for Your Business?


Gary McCauley


July 26, 2019

Service technology is essential for any business, but which deployment method is right for your firm? From on-site hardware to cloud implementation and hybrid models, finding the right service technology set up can transform your organization, reduce costs and increase security. Cloud technology has been transforming telecom services and entire industries and it shows no signs of stopping. 

On­site Solutions

On­site or on-premises solutions typically involve having a range of hardware either at your offices or at a dedicated center. Giving you complete control over your systems and security, on­site solutions have been the go-­to option for big businesses for many years. 

However, investing in the right hardware can be costly, and maintaining effective security is solely down to you. For businesses who can benefit from on-site solutions, assistance will be required from freelance Network Technicians, Desktop Engineers, Cyber Security Analysts, and IT Helpdesk Responders

Although on­site solutions do still have their place, a significant number of companies are in the process of moving away from the demands of on-­premises solutions towards more flexible cloud business solutions.

Cloud Computing

Cloud business solutions have enabled a considerable number of businesses to reduce their costs, so it’s certainly something any organization should consider. Instead of relying on on­site hardware, businesses can host, manage and use their systems, websites, and software in the cloud with easy cloud implementation. 

Whilst switching to cloud-based solutions does typically require input from freelance Cloud Integration Specialists, Cloud Services Architects and Cloud Engineers, the process of cloud implementation can be done gradually if this creates less in­house upheaval. 

When it comes to cloud implementation and computing, there are two main cloud business solutions for businesses to consider; public and private clouds. 

Public Clouds

Delivered by third-parties, public clouds are the most common form of cloud computing. Hardware and resources are owned and operated by third­ party vendors, and users, such as businesses, simply access services and accounts via a web browser. With minimal maintenance to consider and a high level of reliability, public clouds have been a popular option for businesses for some time now. 

Generally, users are only required to pay for the services they use, so company costs can decrease dramatically. Furthermore, the scalability associated with public cloud computing ensures your company can access on-­demand resources, as and when they’re needed.

However, public clouds may not be suitable for all businesses. When using a public cloud, you’ll be sharing services with other users, so if your firm has to adhere to strict security protocols, using a public cloud may not be appropriate. Although third-party vendors do implement security strategies to protect user data, there are safer options out there. 

Private Cloud Solutions

Private Clouds

Unlike public clouds, private clouds enable businesses to create their cloud and restrict usage to in-house staff only. Whilst the company gets all the benefits of cloud computing, it also has the added advantage of increased network security. Perfect for government organizations or businesses with high-level security concerns, private cloud implementation can be cheaper and easier to maintain than on-site solutions, but more secure than a public cloud. With more control over a private cloud, you can modify the environment for your specific needs, but still, have access to the high level of scalability associated with public clouds. 

Hybrid Solutions

When it comes to service technology, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but a hybrid approach may be as close as it gets. Using either on-site solutions or a private cloud, companies can supplement their deployment options with public clouds too. Offering increased control and flexibility, businesses can maintain the increased security associated with private clouds and on-site solutions, with the scalability and functionality of public clouds.

Perfect for growing companies or seasonal businesses, when traffic increases to a website, companies can take advantage of the extra resources provided by a public cloud, rather than placing too much strain on their existing private cloud or the on-site setup. Known as ‘cloud bursting’, this gives businesses a vast amount of flexibility and scalability, without significantly increasing their costs.

Furthermore, firms that need either on-site or private cloud solutions due to sensitive data storage, can take a hybrid approach and use public clouds for less sensitive business activity, such as email communication or website hosting. 

Get Expert Help with Service Technology

Choosing the right service technology option is a critical business decision, so it’s worth getting professional advice. Using a freelance IT Consultant, you can find out more about what each of the cloud business solutions could mean for your business. With expert advice on hand and a range of freelance professionals available to help you move towards cloud implementation or enhance your on-site solutions, you can identify and enact the best service technology solutions for your business. Cloud implementation is one of the big trends in telecom, but that’s not all, discover the other trends that have grown in 2019!

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