The term ‘cloud services’ may still feel like a buzzword, but it has permeated our personal and professional lives in many ways. Adding a new customer in Salesforce? Sharing some photos on Dropbox? Entering employee reviews in an HR people management software? Cloud, cloud, and cloud.

Essentially, cloud services are any software or service delivered over the Internet – and they are not anything running on a hard drive.

Cloud services enable users to share resources, store data, use software and process data on the Internet – which then means cloud services can go anywhere the Internet does.

For businesses just starting out, establishing an IT infrastructure can feel overwhelming, as business leaders strive to establish a foundation that can scale, typically on a limited budget and with a limited staff. But before you throw your hands up and decide to go analog, let’s look at the different types of cloud services and consider how you can use cloud computing service providers in India, Lebanon, the United States, or anywhere to help meet your organization’s needs.

Advantages and Risks of Cloud Computing

 The decision to shift or upgrade your storage to the cloud is just the first step. Next, you’ll need to determine if you want to move into a private or public cloud.

Here, we’ll take a look at some of the advantages and risks of private and public cloud computing.

Private Cloud

A private cloud lives behind a firewall on a company’s intranet or within its hosted data center. Sometimes, this is also referred to as Infrastructure as a Service (IASS). Platform as a Service (PASS) is the mid-range option, which enables companies to use a pre-existing platform for services.

  • Pros: For organizations that have already invested in a costly data center, using a private cloud enables them to simply add to existing infrastructure. They can also offer heightened security and reduce the number of outside parties interacting with the data center.
  • Cons: The responsibility for maintenance now sifts with the organization to manage, maintain, and update data centers. And, when pricey servers need updating, the organization must front the cost.

Public Cloud

A public cloud is managed by a third-party provider who is responsible for maintaining the data center. Software as a Service (SaaS) allows businesses to purchase the software, typically as a subscription, and use it over the internet.

  • Pros: Because a third party oversees the maintenance, organizations don’t have to worry about the staff or costs of upkeep. In addition, businesses can cut testing and lead time with a public cloud when deploying new products.
  • Cons: Some organizations worry about security has given the lower degree of control at a company level, which in some sensitive industries may be a cause for concern.

Cloud Service Providers And What to ask a Cloud Solutions Consultant

If you’re trusting a third party with your data – whether it’s to develop a SaaS to harness your people data or to build a private cloud your business can rely on, you should expect your partner to take the time to audit your current operations and infrastructure and understand your IT needs.

Here are some important things to ask:

  • How do you get in front of security?
  • What experience do you have with cloud services?
  • Do offer multiple solutions?
  • How will you integrate our existing systems?
  • What analytic capabilities can you offer?

One of the key reasons TechGenies is different than many providers is our perspective: we’re in it for the long run to build up your value, which means we all win when your cloud infrastructure and services are set up for success.

Tell us at how you’re developing cloud services, and where you’d like to go. And we’ll be ready to answer those questions, and any others you have!