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Cloud Security: Private vs. Public

Mohammed NaserMohammed Naser

Cloud security is one of the most inquired-about aspects of cloud computing in both public and private realms. Read on to learn more.

Security will forever be a top priority when it comes to cloud computing. It is one of the most significant influencers for companies to determine their cloud strategy. However, it isn't always obvious which solution offers the proper security. That's why we'll be taking a look at two of the most popular cloud offerings, public and private, and comparing their levels of security.

Security in Public Cloud

Opting for a public cloud means that you're enlisting a third-party provider to deliver a set of services over the internet. These services can range from processing power to storage capacity. Contrary to how it may seem, a public cloud doesn't lack significant security precautions. Over the years, public cloud providers have adapted and improved upon their security measures, enabling them to manage attacks that have only grown in terms of sophistication.

That being said, there are limitations to the level of security available. For example, companies that handle sensitive data may not meet all required compliance aspects with a public cloud. Use cases that stand to benefit from employing a public cloud strategy feature:

  • SaaS applications coupled with vendor aided security
  • Requiring additional capacity at a steady rate
  • Those where multitudes of people will be accessing applications
  • Those where testing and app development codes will be required.

Security in Private Cloud

With private clouds, ownership rests with a single company, acting as a traditional data center extension. It is a nonshared resource optimized to provide various functions, processing power, and storage capacity.

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However, with this ownership model, private clouds can offer upgraded security. Clients are reassured that their data complies with the necessary legislation and is inaccessible to unauthorized persons. As the sole user, the private cloud can also be customized to meet your needs, not just where performance is concerned but also authentication. In this way, the use cases that benefit most are those that have mandated security or data privacy regulations imposed on them or those that require a heavy-duty firewall to protect sensitive assets.

Where Does That Leave You?

As with most aspects of developing a cloud deployment strategy, there is no overarching correct answer that applies equally to everyone – much of the correct answer depends on your specific needs as a client. As an experienced cloud provider, VEXXHOST knows that no two businesses are the same, so clearly, the security needs vary from company to company as well. While a public cloud may offer perfect security, another may find a private cloud is a better fit. That's why it's vital for companies to partner with the right provider. At VEXXHOST, we not only offer public, private, and hybrid clouds, but we also offer a top-tier consulting service because we're passionate about finding the best solution for each of our clients. There is so much more to what private cloud can offer; you can have a look for yourself in this all-encompassing post or contact us, and let's start a conversation about how VEXXHOST can help!

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