The number of cloud models that are available is increasing. Today’s companies can choose between hybrid and multicloud models in addition to public and private cloud. More choices can add to the difficulty of selecting the right cloud model for your company.

According to the 2021 State of the Cloud Report, hybrid cloud continues to dominate the market, with 78% of respondents indicating that they use it, while only 19% use public cloud exclusively and a mere 2% use only private cloud. Preferences for certain cloud models fluctuate, but a rise in the popularity of one model doesn’t mean it’s the best one for your business.

The cloud model your company chooses should align with company goals and the requirements of your workloads. Here’s an overview of the main cloud models and their common use cases.

Private Cloud: Great Control Over Security & Access

On its own, private cloud may not be the most popular cloud model, but it does have its uses, particularly when combined with public cloud in a hybrid cloud model. Private cloud is right for storing sensitive and mission-critical data because it provides the greatest control over IT security and access.

Essentially, private cloud is made up of virtualized resources that are hosted on-premises or at a colocation and that meet the unique needs of your organization. Private cloud is ideal for companies in industries that must follow strict compliance regulations governing access to data. Because private cloud is hosted on-premises, it also reduces the latency users might experience trying to access and run applications in the public cloud.

Public Cloud: Scalability, Archiving, & DevOps

Unlike private cloud, public cloud is a multi-tenant environment. A number of organizations may share resources, which are available on the internet, and use them for storage and running applications.

Public cloud is ideal for customer-facing applications, archiving data, and creating application dev/test environments. These use cases involve data and workloads that have less stringent access and authority requirements. DevOps benefits from the scalability that is achievable in public cloud. These environments can be spun up quickly and disassembled once they are no longer needed.

Hybrid Cloud Flexibility: On-premises & Public Cloud Resources

Hybrid cloud offers flexibility because it consists of both private and public cloud resources. Orchestration between on-premises and public cloud resources delivers control and agility, as well as data protection and disaster recovery capabilities.

With hybrid cloud, organizations can use public cloud as a backup environment and synchronize backups for ideal recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs). The public cloud resources enable instant failover for quick recovery.

Multicloud: Cloud Models & Multiple Vendor Services

Multicloud allows your company to use cloud models and services from multiple vendors according to their strengths. With multicloud, an organization can choose various types of cloud models and services and avoid being locked into working with a single vendor.

Workloads can be moved to any cloud instance, and multiple clouds can be configured to operate consistently. Multicloud can be used to eliminate shadow IT, move workloads closer to users, and achieve data protection and disaster recovery capabilities.

Weighing Your Cloud Options

All these cloud models are great options and offer economical ways to obtain additional storage capacity and performance power for running applications. Research and consulting firm International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasted that by 2022, 90% of enterprises will be using a combination of private clouds, multiple public clouds, and traditional platforms to build their infrastructures.

Partnering with the right technology provider can help your organization navigate the cloud landscape and find the cloud models and services that will help you design and operate a modern IT architecture.

Clear Technologies has the expertise needed to develop a successful cloud strategy. We take a consultative approach to helping our cloud customers, working with you to assess your goals and challenges and finding the ideal cloud solutions to meet your requirements.

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