The Public Cloud
The public cloud is an incredible notion. Work collaboratively and from anywhere by remotely accessing your workflows, downsizing your hardware, and all the responsibilities that come with it.
Where may the Public Cloud be useful?
Web-based email, online office tools, low cost general purpose storage, testing, and development environments are a few common uses for public cloud deployments.
Benefits of Public Clouds:
Lower costs, Low or no maintenance, High scalability and reliability Huge numbers of clients are using the public cloud and its usage keeps growing. Although there are numerous advantages to using the public cloud but there are certain concerns that organizations must be aware of in order to protect themselves and correctly mitigate these risks.
Let’s understand the systemic risk of Public Cloud
- Your platform is configured by cloud provider. It some-times not bespoke which indicates that it isn’t a best suit for your requirement or you have only the option to use the existing platform.
- Sharing resources might also degrade performance since you may have to compete for capacity with other users, which increases latency.
- A multi-tenant architecture on the public cloud gives users limited control. This means that a single setting can accommodate a large number of clients or tenants. Customers in the public cloud are not granted access to the base hardware which precludes them from customizing their environments. As public cloud providers own the control over infra & software and they can roll out the fixes without consulting their customers. When using a public cloud environment, it may be difficult to ensure that your organization’s tight security requirements are met.
- Public clouds as previously explained are a multi-tenant environment. Such environments have their own set of security risks which have the potential to expose the entire environment. Multi-tenancy flaws could allow a single tenant or hacker to see all of the data or impersonate another client. Because of the security risks that can affect your public cloud, your organization should carefully assess any special compliance rules it follows, since this will have a direct impact on how you use the cloud. Customer’s restricted control in the public cloud environment imposes additional security risk and making it difficult to implement your own security regulations.
- Global public cloud companies like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure have facilities all over the world, so you may not know where your data is being stored. This might be a major issue for your company, as several legislation (such as GDPR) demand data to be stored in the nation where it was created.
Alternatives of the Public Cloud
- Private Cloud: – A private cloud, also known as an internal cloud or enterprise cloud, is for businesses that want the same dynamic flexibility as a public cloud but don’t want to put their apps and data in one because of security concerns.
- Hybrid Cloud: – A hybrid cloud, as the name implies, is a combination of public and private clouds. The hybrid cloud is more difficult to define since there are so many different ways to combine private and public cloud resources. For example, a corporation may decide to use a public cloud for its working environments and a private cloud for their development environments. Furthermore, many businesses prefer to perform their sales and marketing operations in the public cloud while maintaining their financial processes in the private cloud.
There are drawbacks to using the public cloud, but they are more related to the provider’s quality than to the technology itself. It’s a good idea to learn more about the distinctions and which public cloud providers are the best. This could be the simplest way to improve operations and administrative efficiency while spending less and optimizing more.