With all the hype about cloud computing, it’s important to have a good understanding of basic cloud terminology so that you can guide your prospects in making the right decision. In the cloud world, there are three basic types of cloud implementations: private, public, and hybrid.
Private cloud: Offers the most security and control, but is the most expensive
In a private cloud, all of the services and infrastructure are maintained on a private network. Private clouds can be managed internally or by a third-party and also can be hosted internally or externally. They offer the greatest level of security and control, but require a significant amount of work to buy, build, and maintain the hardware and software infrastructure, thus reducing some of the potential for cost savings. Private clouds are often the best choice when your customers must conform to industry compliance ordinances (i.e., security and data privacy issues) or when their organization is large enough to run a cloud data center efficiently and effectively on its own.
Public cloud: Offers a high level of efficiency, but resources are shared
In a public cloud, the services and infrastructure are provided off-site over the Internet. Public clouds offer the greatest level of efficiency in shared resources, but they are also more vulnerable than private clouds to security and reliability issues. Public clouds are often the least expensive Cloud solution. A public cloud is a good choice when your customer’s applications are used by many people (such as email), when your customer needs capacity at peak times, or when your customer needs to test and develop application code or conduct work in collaborative projects.
Hybrid cloud: Offers private and public combination without Internet dependence
A hybrid cloud is two or more public or private clouds that are unique yet connected together. Hybrid clouds can have multiple providers, allowing you to run each aspect of your business in the most efficient way. Although efficient, hybrid clouds are also more complex and require additional time spent keeping track of different platforms and ensuring that they can all communicate with each other. You can achieve fault tolerance with hybrid clouds, and you aren’t dependent on Internet connectivity. Hybrid clouds are a good idea if your customers are running a SaaS (software as a service) application but are worried about security, or if they sell into different vertical markets and need to keep their services separated.
Arrow’s Solution: ArrowSphere, simplifying cloud services for resellers
Arrow knows the potential of cloud computing and the positive impact it can have on your business. To help you simplify your cloud services, Arrow built ArrowSphere, a multi-tier platform that is engineered to simplify the connection between cloud service providers, cloud services resellers, and business users. You’ll be able to choose the right cloud for your customers — no matter if it is a private, public, or a hybrid cloud solution. To find out more about ArrowSphere and how you can take advantage of the potential of cloud, tune into the archived webcast “Getting Started with ArrowShpere: Where Cloud Meets the Channel” or contact your Arrow representative.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2013 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.