IT services have come a long way since chunky computers with long waiting times and absurd prices. Businesses today have the choice to pick up cloud storage for any of their operational or managerial activities. Most IT service companies will typically offer public, private and hybrid cloud storage options for businesses that are looking to implement this useful technology.
To help you determine the option most suitable for the needs and wants of your business operations, we’ve put together a brief introduction to the basics of cloud services. In layman’s terms, cloud services are a way for people and companies to secure data and access it at any given time from any location. Moreover, that data can be shared or edited by those with permission.
The global expansion of computers has also prompted that most, if not all cloud services offer a recovery point and data backup. Depending on the service, they can come with additional subscriptions or packages that offer larger storage sizes or other features.
If you need cloud services in Brisbane, our brief guide below should help you clarify what you are looking for before you move your operations onto the cloud.
Public Cloud Storage
Most people will have used public cloud storage services at one point in their lives even if they’re unfamiliar with the term itself. For example, if you use Gmail or the other programs in Google’s G-suite, you are one of 2 billion users currently (knowingly or unknowingly) using Google’s cloud storage.
The first thing to consider is that public cloud storage services are often more affordable than their private or hybrid counterparts. This makes them an excellent choice for micro and small businesses that can’t afford to set aside a good share of money to build or maintain their internal data.
It’s essentially getting a good service, recovery options and a cloud backup for free—or at least at a much lower cost than usual. Moreover, public cloud storage providers have special packages and offer for small businesses precisely because of the need for security and privacy that most owners cannot afford from the outset.
Typically these will include data centres, multiple levels of access control; commonly used types of encryptions (Triple DES, 256-encryption, AES encryption), as well as end-to-end encryption data.
Private Cloud Storage
Private cloud storage is often used by medium to large size businesses that have a need for more heavy-duty IT work. The name alone is telling enough, but these are providers with data centres built specifically around a business, so they can host, manage, operate and recover data on an internal and private level.
The general public or individuals cannot access this storage without proper authorisation. They are often physically located within proximity of the company (if that company is not entirely online) and usually require an in-house IT team and equipment to be properly managed.
Because cloud services often aim to build, maintain, upgrade and monitor large chunks of data at one location, they can have an Achilles heel. In extremely unlikely occurrences of on-site threats such as natural disasters or robberies, having a physical centre can spell a higher risk for businesses who opt for private cloud storage.
Data breaches or loss in these instances are very rare and any reputable IT service offering private cloud storage will have tactics to mitigate against these select risks. Constant monitoring, updating and securing data via private and trusted hosts are just a few ways businesses can do this.
Hybrid Cloud Storage
Put simply, hybrid cloud storage is a mix of public and private cloud storage. This would be an ideal solution for businesses that want to store specific data privately and the rest with a public host. Alternatively, businesses that want to combine the two types on different servers for different data protection can also opt for this—a kind of API model.
Hybrid cloud storage services can often be a very good option, as they mitigate the risks and financial costs of cyberattacks, while not over-exposing your business’s budget to services it might not fully require.
If you know exactly what you wish to be managed and by which host, which data you wish to be stored and on what cloud and which authorisations you want to fall under each provider, we advise you to contact us at InfoTech for custom-tailored offers.
Setting aside potential knowledge of computers or cloud services, it is knowing your business that is truly essential before opting for any of these cloud services. Most companies will not require double or triple protection on certain data, as they don’t deal with super-sensitive materials rendering expensive private cloud services unnecessary.
Public cloud services offer secure channels of basic data protection at relatively affordable prices and are often more than solid enough to handle privacy concerns. If your business is geared towards the IT sector or handles particularly sensitive information, choosing a private or hybrid cloud server is a good option.
If you want more information on our cloud services in Brisbane, get on a call with a member of our team today—it’s free and we will be happy to help out!