Confused Between Public vs Private Cloud: Some Factors to Consider

Migrating to cloud comes with several benefits such as enhanced scalability, flexibility, and control. When moving your business operations to cloud you have two options- migrating to public cloud vs private cloud. Public clouds are operated by third party service providers and used by several companies to store data. Private cloud include dedicated servers and can be used by a single organization. Whether to opt for public or private cloud can depend on several factors. To help you make informed decisions, this post conducts a comparison of public vs private cloud deployment on the basis of different factors. Take a look.

Comparison between Public Cloud Vs Private Cloud

Comparison of public cloud vs private cloud deployment –

1. Budgetary Considerations  

Public clouds are based on a pay-as-you-go model, meaning you only pay for the services you use, therefore,  opting for a public cloud makes sense, If you run a small business or are working on a tight budget. If, however, you run a big business, migrating to a private cloud rather than renting a number of public clouds (to manage long-term projects) can be a more prudent, economical, and time-saving option.

2. Security

Storing data in private cloud can help you avoid data breach and security issues, a factor worth considering, especially if you deal with sensitive data. Using a private cloud would also mean you get to decide the users who will have access to the data, which helps in exercising strict control over data. In a public cloud, however, you do not get this benefit as resources are shared by many businesses.

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3. Scalibility

Providers offering public cloud storage services have additional servers on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Public clouds can scale up or down within minutes. The feature of public clouds can be beneficial if you are managing volatile streams of data. Private clouds, however, are not easy to scale and you would need to install additional hardware components that can be effort and time consuming.

4. Performance  

If you need to access data at faster rates, look for a private cloud, which would be located within your company’s firewall. The performance of public clouds depends primarily on the Internet service provider’s transfer rate, thereby, making them the less preferred of the two options for organizations looking for a high connection speed. Moreover, you with the help of your provider can also customize the private cloud as your business needs grow and you need a more faster and secure connection.

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5. Third Party Considerations  

Public cloud models are typically based on a pay-as-you-go model and do not involve long contracts. Moreover, you are free to exit the contract when the subscription expires. If, however, you decide to opt for a private cloud, you would be required to sign a maintenance contract with the provider who would also require you to use hardware components by certain manufacturers. That said, a private cloud gives you more control over how the data is managed.  


In this post we discussed some factors you must consider when choosing between a private and public cloud. Whatever your decision be, you’ll need a reputable and experienced deployment partner who can provide customized solutions according to your specific business needs. For almost a couple of decades, i2k2 Networks has helped its client organization optimize their IT operations by providing a range of managed IT services. Whether you need disaster recovery solutions or dedicated web servers, we got you covered. To learn more about our services, fill out our contact form or call at  +91- 9711774040.