Should you be using a public cloud or a private cloud? The first thing you need to know is what the differences are between these two models of cloud computing. Put simply, public clouds are internet-based computing that allow the on-demand sharing of software, resources, and data. Private clouds operate according to the same principles, but only a limited number of approved users can access them, ensuring greater data security. Users of internally managed clouds have full control of and responsibility for their data. Users who want the security of the private cloud model also have a third option: a (third-party) managed private cloud. These private clouds are cloud infrastructures operated by third-party providers.

Public clouds are inexpensive, which is one attractive benefit, but managed private clouds can also provide companies with a cost-effective way to deploy their own infrastructure while taking advantages of scalable, self-managed, rapid-provisioning cloud computing technology. A managed private cloud offers a scalable and dependably secure IT infrastructure, and removes the burden of responsibility for hardware and data center operations, allowing enterprises to focus on the applications that run their business. A managed private cloud can serve either as a company’s entire data center, or as a hybrid extension of a local infrastructure.

Many people see using a private cloud as a way around the security concerns of using a public cloud. In addition to security, private clouds can increase flexibility and improve resource management. Managed private clouds provide an additional benefit: A company that uses a managed private cloud can rest assured knowing that its critical data is in the hands of experienced and knowledgeable operators. By choosing the right provider, you’re also choosing a technology partner who is attentive to your unique business needs and fully committed to your success. Managed private clouds may thus be the best way to eliminate time-consuming and costly IT concerns, saving enterprises time and money and allowing them to focus on what matters most: their business.

In a nutshell, managed private clouds offer the best of both worlds: They allow for greater scalability and utilization of IT resources, address the security and compliance concerns of public clouds, and keep enterprises from getting bogged down in the complexities of managing their virtual infrastructure.

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