Will Public Cloud Computing Ultimately Defeat Private Clouds?

April 30, 2013

While cloud computing is already emerged as one of the biggest developments in the business world in recent years, the cloud is still far from a finished product – there are many developments expected down the road that should help cloud technologies evolve and become an even more powerful force in offices worldwide. One such development, according to Cloud Times, is that public cloud solutions are expected to outpace private, internal ones.

Currently it's common for corporations, especially larger ones, to build large private cloud infrastructures for storing data. Private clouds have several benefits – they're secure, they're customizable and their construction spurs job creation within companies. For years, private cloud products have had a place in industry. But over time, we're likely to see that trend reversed. Here are a few reasons why.

Mass-produced cloud products are cheaper
In the early days of cloud computing, every public service was expensive, as new products tend to be. But as technology evolves and large corporations improve their cloud capabilities, the gap is rapidly widening, and the public services are now far more cost-efficient. Google and Amazon have led the way, creating low-cost or even free methods for storing massive volumes of data. Companies can then turn around and funnel the money they save into other initiatives, thus encouraging long-term growth.

The public cloud is well-staffed
As Cloud Times explains, it's very difficult to operate a private cloud infrastructure without the support of a dedicated IT team. Especially for small businesses, it's not realistic to use a private cloud when it requires several staff members to maintain and troubleshoot the systems. Public cloud companies, however, are maintained by large companies with massive IT teams already in place, often offering a wealth of technical support resources.

The security gap is closing
Even with all the improvements in the public cloud, skeptics fear that security is one problem that still persists. Because data in the public cloud is stored online, often sharing servers and networks with data shared by countless other organizations, the systems are often prime targets for hackers. But the public cloud has made enormous strides to remain secure. According to CIO, public service providers tend to have ready-made infrastructures in place, and thus the burdens of configuration and maintenance are minimal.

While there will always be skeptics about the long-term viability of public cloud systems, the technology is always improving, and every day it earns more converts. Eventually, the public cloud will be the last one standing.