How to Choose the Right Cloud - Slide 7

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An easy analogy to understand the differences between a public and private cloud is to think of the private cloud as your own car, while the public cloud is like public transportation, shared by lots of people, prone to many more disruptions that are out of your hands. And while the private cloud trumps its public counterpart in many areas, there’s still a deserving place for the public cloud, especially for costs savings.

Cloud computing is, no doubt, on the right side of the virtualization debate. With heavyweights like IBM estimating the cloud could reduce IT labor costs by up to 50 percent and the City of Los Angeles anticipating savings of more than $5 million with its move to Google Apps, the cloud’s momentum is relatively unstoppable. Questions, however, remain about whether a private, public or hybrid cloud is best.  

Private clouds are hosted in-house; public clouds are outsourced to a third party; and the hybrid cloud blends both the public and private approach. When it comes to selecting a cloud model, similar to adopting any new technology, it’s best to compare your organization's needs with the available options, as each type of cloud has unique capabilities and limitations. Owen Garrett, Chief Innovation Officer at Zeus, takes a closer look at the three types of clouds.

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