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Public Cloud: Understanding The Benefits and Risks

Public Cloud Benefits and Risks

Public Cloud: Understanding The Benefits and Risks

Making the decision to migrate your business to the cloud can be difficult. What may be even more difficult is deciding which cloud computing option is right for your business. Let’s start with the public cloud, and its benefits:

Public Cloud Advantages


Scalable Workload

Your business may face situations where your current server cannot handle as excessive workload or temporary spikes in workload. Instead of buying a new server to handle these temporary spikes, your business can use the public cloud. Many organization’s have web-based applications, and in this case would make it fairly easy for cloud-based web servers to accommodate seasonal demands and spikes in workload.


Business Continuity

Putting your applications in the cloud helps protect your data in case of system failures of environmental disasters, such as floods, fires, etc. The new resiliency that is built into newly written applications in the cloud make outages mere hiccups in the services.


Mobility and Storage

Public cloud storage provides small organizations with more affordable and scalable services that can adapt to flexible needs. These organizations can benefit from free public cloud-based mobile applications for tablets and smartphones. This is especially beneficial for employees who are working in various geographical locations. Additionally, data generated from main operations can be stored in the public cloud without having to install and maintain expensive data storage devices.


But of course, just like a lot of things, the public cloud has some drawbacks. Once you understand the advantages of public cloud, you must analyze its disadvantages before moving into the planning phase of public cloud migration.


Public Cloud Disadvantages


Limited Control

Because the infrastructure is completely owned, and managed by the service provider, you have minimal control. You can only control and manage the applications, data and services that are operating on top of that.


Cost Fluctuation

The costs for public cloud is unpredictable due to the complicated billing models from most cloud providers. Typically, the cloud provider bills you based on resources that your business consumes. Due to the complicate billing by cloud providers, it can be difficult to estimate the cost of workloads.



One major concern is how secure the public cloud is. Contrary to private cloud, with a public cloud, you do not control the machines, putting your data and applications into the hands of a third party.


Now that you have a but of information on the benefits and drawbacks of the public cloud, can you make an informed decision? If not, we can help you decide which cloud is right for your business and its needs. Call us at 1.866.9.TELTEK, or visit our website! We look forward to hearing from you!



Teltek is a Certified Avaya Business Partner, NEC Dealer, Zultys, and Microsoft Partner with two locations in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. We specialize in providing one call technology support for small to mid-sized businesses and nonprofits in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Pennsylvania.



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