04-13-22 | Blog Post

Which Public Cloud Is Right for Your Business?

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The benefits of public cloud platforms are well known: generally affordable, easy to set up, and highly accessible. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about making upfront hardware investments, given that support and updates are managed by the cloud provider.

But which public cloud is right for your business? And why is it important to choose the right public cloud? Continue reading to find out.

Why Choosing the Right Public Cloud Is Important

Whereas all public clouds may provide similar key functions, not all solutions are ideal for every organization. Each entity has unique requirements, needs, goals, and work processes, all of which must be factored in when choosing a public cloud. Some of the benefits of choosing the right public cloud for your business include:

  • Improved security: Whereas there are inherent risks to storing data off-site, the reality is that public cloud service providers are more likely to have better security measures than you would have in-house. These include the use of the latest technology, access to dedicated cybersecurity experts, and frequent penetration testing.
  • Increased agility: With the right public cloud, businesses experience better service delivery, simplified internal operations, faster rollout of new business initiatives, better collaboration, and improved data collection and analysis ability.
  • High flexibility: Public clouds make it easy to peak loads. Depending on your business needs, you can add or reduce resources. As such, it reduces the complexity and implementation time required for testing and deploying new applications.

Different Types of Public Clouds and How Each Is Best Suited

Different clouds are necessary for different businesses, industries, and objectives. Therefore, it is important to consider the different clouds and find the right one for you. Here is an outline of the different types of clouds you can choose from:

1. Otava Managed Public Cloud 

A managed public cloud is where a third-party provider works with an organization to monitor and manage its cloud usage. With Otava managed public cloud, you can choose which IT functions you want to manage in-house and let us focus on the rest. We will own the infrastructure while you enjoy the benefits of owning a world-class cloud.

Otava’s managed public cloud allows you to focus on core functions like application development instead of server management. Whether it’s the migration of critical data, data and data operations management, or cost management, we’ve got you covered. We’ll go above and beyond to ensure you get the best cloud services.

2. Self-Managed Public Cloud 

A self-managed public cloud is where a third party provides you with the platforms and allows you to determine how much you want to manage on your own. This type of public cloud is ideal for businesses that want the highest level of flexibility to control their own cloud environment but aren’t interested in hosting an in-house data center to do it.

With a self-managed public cloud, your organization has flexibility in server and infrastructure management, monitoring, and ongoing maintenance. What’s more, your in-house team will have complete control over who accesses your information and systems and will be able to set up appropriate security measures to protect your data.

3. Otava Azure Managed Services 

Whether you are looking to spark innovation, lower costs, or build operational efficiencies, Otava’s Azure Managed Services can help. Our Microsoft Azure experts put cutting-edge capabilities to work in order to enhance efficiency within your organization. We apply deep expertise in cloud-native development, cloud strategy, application modernization, container, workload management, and IoT (Internet of Things) to help accelerate your innovation with Microsoft Azure.

Among the things you can do with Otava Azure Managed Services include:

  • Configuration and settings changes in cloud infrastructure components
  • Adding or removing cloud infrastructure components
  • Monitoring how various cloud infrastructures are functioning
  • Backup and restore support
  • Troubleshooting and support for the provisioned cloud infrastructure

Regardless of where you are on your cloud journey, whatever outcomes you desire, and whichever workload you would like to migrate, our Azure managed services will meet you there and simplify and manage your path forward with end-to-end solutions.

4. Hybrid Cloud 

A hybrid cloud integrates private cloud services, public cloud services, and on-premise infrastructure and ensures management and application portability across all three environments. The result is a unified and flexible computing environment where an organization can run and scale its cloud-native workloads on the most appropriate computing platform.

A hybrid cloud is ideal for entities that want to take advantage of the security and scale of the public cloud while keeping their data on-premise to comply with data resiliency regulations or support computing needs closer to their customers. The benefits of a hybrid cloud environment include:

  • Improved performance and reduced latency
  • Flexible operations
  • Effective application governance
  • Improved ROI – you can expand your existing cloud computing without increasing your data center expenses.

Private Clouds Can Make for Excellent Alternatives

A private cloud is a computing environment in which all software and hardware resources are dedicated exclusively to and can only be accessed by a single customer.

Most organizations that prefer private cloud instead of public cloud do so because it offers an easy way of meeting regulatory compliance requirements. Others prefer it because it offers better security, given that all resources are dedicated to a single customer.

Even so, there are downsides to using a private cloud. For starters, you will lose the adaptability and scalability of public cloud solutions. Additionally, you will have to handle all the software and hardware in-house.

Bottom Line

Why do you want to migrate to the cloud? Are you trying to cut costs, introduce new technologies, or improve existing technologies? These are some of the questions you should ask yourself before choosing a public cloud.

Every organization has its own unique needs, requirements, and workload. You may have distinctive compliance regulations, be in different industries or have specific business outcomes. All these elements should be factored into your decision.

Whether you want to migrate to a managed public cloud, self-managed public cloud, Azure managed cloud, or hybrid cloud, Otava is here to help. We will assess your business’s cloud needs and then help you plan, build, and deploy public cloud solutions that will help you meet those needs. Get in touch with an Otava Rep today to get started.



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