Over the past decades, the overall IT architecture of most IT departments has gained enormously in terms of complexity. Data is not only managed and applied across more platforms, there is also, even more data that needs to be stored, managed and ultimately used for the betterment of its owners and users.

When it comes to cloud storage solutions there exist three major types: the public cloud, the private cloud, and hybrid clouds. Which type is ideal for your life or company largely depends on what kind of data you are working with the most.

In this article, we will take a deeper look at each type of cloud and compare them in terms of crucial characteristics like security, required management, and ideal application.

1. The public cloud

When you are making use of a public cloud solution, it means that your data and compute is stored on shared physical servers. This is the most recognisable model of cloud computing, where cloud services are provided in a virtualised environment, constructed on shared physical resources, and accessible over a public network (i.e. internet).

This is a popular option for businesses who are less likely to need the level of infrastructure and security offered by a private cloud. Why would an enterprise look at using public cloud?  It can significantly increase the efficiency of their operations, for example, with the storage of non-sensitive content, online document collaboration, and webmail. One of the significant benefits that public cloud provides to the enterprise is its location independence of the service. The availability of the public cloud through internet connection ensures that services are available wherever the client is located.

2. The private cloud

In the case of private cloud storage solutions, your data and infrastructure are stored on a private network. Private clouds can provide greater, and more importantly more specific and personalised, control and security. However, they tend to be pricier than public clouds.

Higher prices come because the owner of the data is also responsible for purchasing, setting up and maintaining the entire network. Private clouds are especially interesting for people and companies whose business is their data, for people who are active in industries with very strict and specific security regulations, and for large companies that can afford and run their own private cloud data centres.

3.The hybrid cloud

As the cloud storage industry evolved, so have the ways of storing data. Hybrid clouds have become one of the most important and useful results. For example, nowadays many public cloud solution providers also offer private cloud possibilities, and vice versa. In simplified terms, a hybrid cloud means that the owner of the data can set up and maintain a private cloud infrastructure while relying on the public cloud and its capacities in times of need.

A hybrid solution makes much better sense for large companies that experience considerable peak periods. This approach will allow companies to transfer data and applications to the public cloud temporarily. This is particularly helpful for companies with a need for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity services.

It is excessively costly to set up a private disaster recovery site. Therefore, a Managed Services Provider located in a public cloud and specialised in the lightspeed recovery of data might just be the ideal solution for both data redundancy and affordability.