Is the Public Cloud Right for Your Business?
First things first. Let's start with the obvious question about the public cloud.
What is the Public Cloud?
A public cloud is one based on the standard cloud computing model, in which a service provider makes resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the Internet. Public cloud services may be free or offered on a pay-per-usage model.
The public cloud is defined as a multi-tenant environment, where you buy a “slice of a server” in a cloud computing environment that is shared with a number of other customers or tenants.
So in English, that means you're renting space on a computer where your applications are hosted and your data is stored.
So now for the next obvious question.
Why Would You Use the Public Cloud for Your Business?
There are many reasons why you might want to move your business to the cloud and to the "public cloud" in particular. Some of these include:
- Access from anywhere
- Keeping infrastructure costs low for new projects
- Shifting capital expenses to operational expenses
- Scaling to handle demand for IT services, even during spikes in demand
- Flexibility to grow and shrink your services as needed
- Better business continuity
- Maintaining your focus on your business instead of worrying about IT issues
What Is an Example of the Public Cloud Used for Business?
Microsoft Office 365 is a great example of a set of public cloud business applications. Think of all the Microsoft products you use on your computer, like Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, now conveniently hosted in the cloud and without the need to take up space on your hard drive and available anywhere, any time, from any device.
And Office 365 goes beyond just your normal Office applications. You can also share files, and you have access to email, contacts, calendars – plus a whole lot more.