Over the years, we have published a lot of content on cloud-related topics. This omnibus aims to bring you all of those valuable, informational content together so that you can access it all from a one-stop solution. Each section is linked to a detailed blog where you can find more information about the said topic. Here's what you need to know about public cloud. Let's start with the basics.
What is a Public Cloud?
A public cloud provides you with on-demand infrastructure components such as compute, networking and in some cases, it also provides services that sit on top of these infrastructure components. The infrastructure is generally shared in the sense that you have a fully isolated virtual machine; however, it is collocated with other virtual machines belonging to other customers in that cloud.
Benefits of Public Cloud
At VEXXHOST, we offer our cloud infrastructure solutions, including public cloud using OpenStack, an open source platform with a global presence and contributing community. Here are some of the benefits of public cloud that you will experience from our OpenStack-powered clouds.
- Ease of use
- Low maintenance
- Wide industry support
Behind the Scenes - Virtual Machines
Virtual Machines, or VMs as they are better known, paved the way for many advanced technologies that we see around us today, such as cloud environments including public clouds, microservices, edge computing, etc. The idea of having operating systems and software run virtually, without the presence of a physical computer system, started in VMs and was later adapted.
In simple terms, virtual machines function without the presence of a physical computer component. VMs are essentially software that runs tasks, applications, and programs without an actual machine present. The major benefits of VMs include operating multiple systems within the same physical host, the ability to back legacy apps, and providing secure environments for testing.
Pricing in Public Cloud
When it comes to cloud computing, companies want to not only get the best fit for their needs, but they want it to be the most cost-effective solution as well. Public cloud pricing really stands out here and has its own set of advantages when it comes to cost-efficiency. Primarily, public clouds are considered to be the least wasteful deployment option due to the fact that they offer on-demand provisioning of resources. This enables the customer to avoid investments or capacity planning exercises altogether.
Companies can also save money with public clouds by sidestepping fees for management or support, and discounts are sometimes offered as well for longer-term contract agreements. Here's a look at VEXXHOST's public cloud pricing for you to see how cost-efficient it can be.
Scalability in Public Cloud
Scalability is one of the most prominent features of public clouds. A scalable cloud can grow and manage the increasing demands of processing, networking, infrastructure, and software from the industry. In other words, in a cloud-based environment, you can scale your data requirements up or down according to the variations in your business. It is one of the best experiences of flexibility in resource management and cost efficiency out there. There are three different types of cloud scalability – vertical, horizontal, and diagonal.
Best Practices Ensuring Public Cloud Security
Security is always a top priority for cloud environments. Keeping track of data, workloads and architecture changes is a challenging task. Thankfully for you, we've compiled some security best practices you could follow, which include:
- Choosing a reliable provider
- Constant monitoring
- Automating environments
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Possible Challenges in Public Cloud Migration
There are many benefits to migrating to a public cloud. However, there are also several challenges that you need to keep in mind. Many fear that the cloud migration process might be complex and that the added friction will cause issues within their IT departments. Here are the top challenges companies face during public cloud migration and how to mitigate them.
- Downtime and disruptions
- Potential security risks
- Rising skill gap
- Unwanted costs
Controlling Public Cloud Spending
You should be finding ways to control your public cloud spend through appropriate research and analysis. Here are four ways you can better manage your public cloud spend and save those resources for other areas of your business.
- Understand the basics of public cloud spend
- Figure out the spikes and anomalies
- Examine storage costs
- Consider cost variances
VEXXHOST Cloud Solutions
Are you looking for a public cloud provider that will give you highly scalable cloud solutions? VEXXHOST gives you enterprise-grade infrastructure solutions through our OpenStack powered public cloud, private cloud, and other solutions.
Speaking of private clouds, you can now run on a fully agile and customized cloud from VEXXHOST, with no licensing fees and smooth 2-week migration. In fact, we're ready to put our money where our mouth is. We're so confident in being able to save you at least 20% or more on your current cloud infrastructure expenditure that if proven wrong- we'll give you $1,000 credit to our public cloud.
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