InfographicPrivate Cloud vs. Public Cloud

20 Jan 2017 by Amanda Best

Is your organization considering cloud integration? View this infographic to determine whether private cloud vs. public cloud is best for your company.

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Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud

  1. Does your business need complete control over highly confidential information such as:

    • Financial Data
    • Classified government communications
    • Medical records

    If so, you need an on premise data center or private cloud.


    • Control and Security: You have immediate access and control over your data.
    • Long-term spend: You will pay about half what you would in the cloud.


    • Lag time: Purchasing isn’t always quick, which can cause project delay. The traditional procurement process can include:
      • Research and development
      • Requests for fund allocation
      • Vendor approvals
      • Negotiations

      Running a data center could cost $10–$25 million annually. Forrester finds it’s often more realistic for most companies to lease data center space than build their own.

    • Initial investment & maintenance costs: Data center expenses begin with:
      • Servers and equipment
      • Physical space
      • Power consumption — In 2013, U.S. data centers used $9 billion worth of electricity, and that’s forecasted to be $13.7 billion in 2020
  2. Are you a growing business in need of:

    • Something easy to start
    • An affordable system to start and manage
    • An option that will grow with your business

    if so, you’ll want an all-cloud solution.


    • Agility: Decision-makers can respond to opportunities quickly to fuel innovative ideas.
    • Cloud services can be purchased almost immediately with less corporate red tape.
    • Inexpensive startup: A lot less upfront budget is required, making it a more affordable option for many businesses.
    • Disaster recovery: If something happens to your physical office site, your cloud provider has your backup and operations online.


    • Security and control: Many businesses are skeptical about loading and storing sensitive information in the cloud. Not having total control over your data can make businesses apprehensive as well. To help decide if your cloud provider is secure, ask about:
      • Audit trail processes
      • Encryption policies
      • Where servers and data physically reside
      • Access controls
      • Service Level Agreement (SLA) uptime
      • What security compliance standards have been met
    • Spend: It’s cheap to start, but consider your long-term investment.
      • “Thinking through ahead of time is important, and anticipating if this thing gets really big, have I thought through all the consequences of that and the cost structure associated with it, and the resources required to support and manage it? Control, manage and govern who gets access, and before you sign the agreement, make sure you have the flexibility to manage your costs if it’s not getting the expected utilization.” — Steve Dodenhoff, president, Insight U.S.
      • Forbes says long-term cloud fees add up to 2x the investment and management of an onsite data center
  3. Do you need a combination of the first two options?

    • On-premise data center or private cloud.
    • All-cloud solution.
  4. if so, you’ll want an all-cloud solution.

    This usually includes a mixture of subscription-based software solutions for work applications and an on-premise data center for sensitive client, patient or organization information.

    • “We really believe a hybrid cloud environment is how clients should run their business. To have the flexibility of the cloud where the expense and the agility allows them to quickly leverage ideas for business, and then bring them back in-house.” — Insight’s Steve Dodenhoff
    • To learn how to the get the best of both worlds with the cloud, and an on-premise data center, check out our whitepaper, 7 Best Practices for the Hybrid Cloud Journey. Or contact a specialist