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Public Cloud versus Private Cloud

Today, businesses dealing with any data are most likely using a cloud service. This practice enables important files to be stored securely, so they aren’t lost during system reboots or errors, and makes them accessible from anywhere on any device through an online platform.

Some of the most popular cloud services include Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive. Many of these offer an extra layer of security: automatic saves, file doubles and easy sharing with colleagues; features which only make using cloud even more popular.

Taking the step to use cloud isn’t as straight forward as it may seem. Besides evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of using a cloud service, the decision of which type of cloud to use is a significant one; this is mainly a choice between a private platform and a public software. A private cloud platform is developed or adjusted specifically for the needs of a single user company, which is also the owner of the service, whilst a public cloud is merely an account on a larger service system. The decision is not an easy one, which is why Dashboard wants to highlight to its stakeholders some of the most important factors to consider.

A public cloud service provides a huge saving for the user, which is its key selling point. There are no initial development costs and to a large extent employees are familiar with the software from prior engagements, which eliminates the need for training. If there is a cost involved, it is for a premium version that permits extra features but this can be avoided if the standard version is sufficient.

The public cloud has its drawbacks though, and this is where the private option has the cutting edge. It may require extra effort on the owner’s part, and the costs are certainly more substantial, but the investment pays off; the features, layout and connectivity are under total control of the system administrator, which is directly connected to the user company. There is no limit to storage space and the safety precautions are often much stronger than the public cloud’s.

The two types of cloud are suited to different customers; if a company is looking to save on spending then a public cloud is adequate but if a company stores large volumes of data or the data is sensitive and requires protection, a private cloud system is the best solution.

Dashboard provides a private cloud system that not only stores information securely but also processes and visualises it. It can connect to other smart systems and provide tools to integrate the data. It is for these reasons that the popularity of the Dashboard cloud is ever-growing.