Public Cloud Vs. Private Cloud

Students working toward careers in information technology have likely heard a lot about cloud computing of late. The cloud has become a major part of IT solutions both for enterprises and consumers, although there has been some debate over which type of cloud works well for businesses. In general, the cloud is considered either private or public, depending on how virtualized sources are shared. 

Tech pundits have found pros and cons to each of these systems, but lately there has been much discussion around the benefits of the public cloud. In particular, GE has announced that it will be transitioning to the public cloud, according to InfoWorld. Chris Drumgoole, GE's COO of IT, estimates that more than 90 percent of the company's new applications are being launched in the public cloud. While this might not be a surprise coming from a young, contemporary tech firm, GE's approval shows that the public cloud may eventually become the preference of big businesses.

Private Cloud 
The private cloud is often lauded for being high security, but it also has limitations. The private cloud is usually a digital space dedicated to a specific organization. For this reason, the private cloud limits opportunities for innovation. For applications that require an extreme amount of privacy, this cloud solution has potential benefits. The private cloud consists of a confidential network and has security measures in place to keep information safe. Private clouds are also easily customizable, which is perhaps one reason startup ventures often opt for them. 

Public Cloud 
The public cloud is a virtualized space shared by numerous clients. The public cloud works well for materials and applications that are not as sensitive because it allows for more user collaboration and innovation. Hence, for big businesses there are potentially many advantages to the public cloud. In the past, many have steered away from the public cloud due to concerns about security, but if the information does not have to be kept under lock and key, this storage method has better elasticity. For many enterprises, the public cloud is usually less more expensive.

Those entering the IT workforce should have an understanding of both of these cloud computing models and be able to interpret which one is appropriate for specific business solutions. 

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