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What is the difference between Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds?

Last update on Dec. 30, 2016.

It is important to know the cost and performance differences between the various cloud models available to you. The main cloud architectures fall into 3 categories: public, private and hybrid clouds.

The impact of these architectures varies depending on the scale of your infrastructure and the phase of your business. Some key attributes you should be aware of when assessing the landscape include:

  • Cost: When you're in the public cloud, you're paying a rental premium - forever. When you have a private or hybrid cloud, your core costs can be driven out of your bill in the long-run. 
  • Security: How important is security to your day-to-day operations and line of business? Do you require certain compliance standards? Public cloud makes security more complex and compliance often harder to obtain. 
  • Management: Who is going to design, run, and maintain your cloud stack on a day-to-day basis?

We created this infographic as a resource to walk you through all the advantages and disadvantages for public, private clouds, and hybrid clouds.