Should You Go Public With Your Cloud Computing Choice?

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If you’ve been wondering if public cloud should be your cloud computing choice, you’re not alone. Search “public cloud” on Google and your query will deliver more than 600 million results. Of course, many of them are from providers like us, trying to convince you to implement their public cloud solution.

But you’ll also see articles about cloud computing and public cloud solutions from more impartial sources. In the past week, we’ve seen the following:

  • Research and Markets, an analyst firm, estimates the global market for public cloud usage will grow by 30 percent between by 2016. It cites the growth in the use of the cloud for voice- and video-based applications, as well as end-users storing all of their data through cloud-based providers.
  • USA Today reports a new study, stating 62 percent of companies say that deploying in the cloud improved their bottom lines. 
  • But eSecurity Planet sounds a cautionary warning, saying “there's no doubt that moving to the cloud introduces new risks, some of which stem from the way cloud services are managed.”

The fact is, they’re all correct. More companies and more individuals than ever use the cloud in daily business. We’ve said for several years that cloud-based infrastructures deliver a solid range of benefits, from no cap-ex costs and fixed op-ex costs to the ability to rapidly scale, as business needs change.

However, not all data belongs in the cloud. You need to determine your comfort level, based on privacy issues or other factors. eSecurity Planet says if you’re considering storing your data in a public cloud, you should ask your provider questions such as:

  • Where will my data be stored?
  • What controls do you have in place to ensure that my sensitive business data will not leave the virtual walls of your business?
  • What are the borders of responsibility?

Here at Windstream, we consider and address those questions every day. We have a public cloud offering, of course, but we also offer private cloud and hybrid cloud solutions. We were one of the first companies to offer a hybrid solution, and see it as the best fit for businesses with regulatory compliance or other fiduciary requirements for which they don't want to run their whole application environment in the cloud (for instance, a database with high throughput, low latency I/O requirements).

This is true, whether you’re simply storing documents in the cloud or running your entire infrastructure in it. Our Data Centers are engineered to ensure privacy and reliability and we’re confident we can answer those questions above for you.

If you’re thinking about moving all or even part of your operations to a cloud solution, it makes sense to sit down with a trusted advisor who can help you weigh the pros and cons of public versus private versus hybrid cloud computing options. This will also help you avoid sorting through those 600+ million results on Google. 

If visiting with a trusted advisor is your next action step, we’d like to help. Contact us to learn more about public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud and other data center solutions