The benefits of cloud computing has been a well covered topic on this blog, and many other blogs like it. That information has already been well disseminated, and understood.
But if I were to ask you what the difference between a hybrid cloud, and a private cloud was, could you answer with confidence?
The truth is, there is so much innovation in the space, it can be difficult even for a well informed IT manager to quickly answer the question. We argue, however, that more you know about the technology, no matter how connected you are to it, the better your chances are for accomplishing your mission. And technology is unequivocally connected to the effectiveness of nonprofit and for-profit organizations alike.
If you have ever given any thought to moving your nonprofit to the cloud, one of the most important things to understand is the difference between the private, public,. and hybrid cloud. But what is the difference between them? And how can it help me better understand how the cloud can help me complete my mission?
What is a public cloud
Often a free service, or a pay for what you use model, public clouds make software and applications available for use through the use of share computing power. As a result, public clouds are managed through external providers as opposed to in-house. Examples of public clouds include Amazon Web Services, GoogleDocs, and IBM Cloud Services.
What is a private cloud
As long as your cloud computing power is coming from somewhere behind your nonprofit;’s firewall, you’re talking about a private cloud. Whether it be through an in-house program managed by an internal IT team, or through a 3rd party cloud vendor, as long as the cloud is located running through your server and networking, you’re talking about a private cloud.
What is a hybrid cloud
By combining elements of a private cloud and a public cloud together, a hybrid cloud has been created. A hybrid cloud utilizes some of the best traits from the public and private clouds and incorporates them into one unique environment. It’s a great option for those who are looking for the cost saving benefits of the public cloud, but have been mandated to keep sensitive data behind its firewall.
How can the hybrid cloud help my nonprofit?
While a pure private or public cloud offers comparable benefits, combining the two is often a good avenue for a lot of nonprofits to take. Why is that?
- Scalability: The great thing about the cloud is the amount of flexibility it offers. As your nonprofit matures, your computing needs will inevitably change as well. The cloud allows your nonprofit the flexibility it needs to grow, and it will grow with it.
- Cost efficiency: The cloud lets your nonprofit avoid making a large capital investment in computing power, when a more reasonable investment can be made into a competitively priced cloud solution.
- Security: With a hybrid cloud, you have myriad options available to you from either a public or a private cloud. You can have the security of the private cloud, while using the software from the public cloud, or any other mix.