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Public Cloud

What is Public Cloud?

Public cloud computing is infrastructure that’s available and accessible to all users in a national region or globally. It is most often owned and managed by third-party providers. Public clouds give users remote access to enterprise-grade operational processing and storage. Compared to on-premises infrastructure, public cloud networking can be faster and less expensive for organizations that need to scale IT resources. Public cloud is a favorable solution for organizations with unique or predictable storage and processing needs

How does Public Cloud work?

Public cloud usage is based on virtualized environments that create extensions of an organization’s data infrastructure. This lets organizations host parts of their applications and services on virtual offsite servers. Different public cloud service providers offer different pros and cons for their cloud management, based on different pricing. Organizations must choose their provider carefully to ensure they can manage the costs involved while getting the desired outcomes. Also, organizations must evaluate security considerations since the public cloud is shared space and requires encryption to keep data protected across common usage platforms.

Why is Public Cloud important?

Public cloud services are an excellent way for organizations to expand their existing IT resources on-demand without growing their physical or on-premises IT infrastructure. An organization can purchase a virtual license and instantly spin up new networking instances from anywhere. Public cloud platforms also offer excellent storage solutions, with data backed up and accessible from anywhere.

Benefits of Public Cloud

Investing in public cloud services can benefit organizations in many ways:

  • Lower infrastructure costs – Organizations only need to pay for cloud-based resources when they need them, making public cloud operations far less expensive than buying all the physical networking equipment or software required to handle the same workload.
  • Less management hassle – Public cloud services eliminate the cost of maintaining IT equipment for the organization, which is handled by the cloud service provider (and involved in the access subscription).
  • Easier data migration – Organizations with extensive legacy infrastructure can use public cloud platforms to handle portions of their data to transition to a more digital-first operational model. This lets organizations benefit from the public cloud while maintaining the benefits of on-premises architecture and private cloud options.

The Common Scenarios for Public Cloud 

When organizations need to meet compute and storage needs, public cloud solutions are an increasingly popular choice. Offerings can range from Google Workspace to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Microsoft offerings, including Microsoft Office 365 and Azure.

Organizations can also tap into public cloud-based applications such as team collaboration, virtual storage, and AI/ML automation. Public cloud solutions allow a wide variety of data to be accessed, edited, and shared, empowering productivity that would not be possible through traditional, on-premises networks.

Public cloud storage options are also being used more for security and backup capabilities, whether in the face of cybersecurity threats or disaster recovery solutions.

Public clouds are being used for organizations that deal with variable workloads, giving users access to on-demand resources as needed without unnecessary waste.

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