The cloud has been increasing in adoption over the past few years but has seen a more rapid increase in 2020. Organizations and IT departments are looking at the cloud to provide greater accessibility and security while transforming and simplifying their in-house infrastructure. Although the cloud offers a simplified environment when properly set up, there are key things to consider and you must understand the differences of private vs. public cloud. Private vs public cloud are the two major architectural models, with key differences each supporting different business requirements.

In Globe Newswire it states “Cloud Computing Industry to Grow from $371.4 Billion in 2020 to $832.1 Billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 17.5%”. As the economy around the world was hard hit from the pandemic, businesses have a new urgency for digital technology solutions. They are looking for ways to create an infrastructure with business continuity in mind – and the cloud is a driving initiative.

Private Cloud

A private cloud, like CompuData Cloud, is a single-tenant environment, where resources are not shared with other users. Those resources can be hosted and managed internally in the private cloud in a variety of ways often from a procured datacenter provider.

A private cloud environment is ideal for business with sensitive information, compliance needs, and require more security. ERP or accounting software applications, customized software applications, and compliant data are better hosted in a private cloud environment.

Top 3 Advantages of a Private Cloud

  1. Security: Enhanced security to comply with various data protection and compliance needs met by the cloud provider.
  2. Performance & Support: Performance is better as the environment is solely dedicated to one organization with enhanced control of data provided. Thoroughly managed and supported by the cloud provider to alleviate workload from the company.
  3. Control: Maintain 100% control of your data and environment.

Public Cloud

A public cloud, like Microsoft Azure,  is a multi-tenant environment where you share resources with other organizations online but allows you to scale dynamically, unpredictably, and quickly while controlling costs.

A public cloud environment is ideal for business looking to provide web-based applications or email, online office applications, storage, ecommerce, and testing and development environments. Their business demands may include the ability for automation and scalability on demand.

Top 3 Advantages of a Public Cloud

  1. User Access: Services are mostly available to all as individual users act independently, as they access their shared resource pool.
  2. Scalable: Extremely scalable whether you need to buy more resources immediately or require less space in your environment.
  3. Cost: A lot of times public clouds are more affordable option as they allow you to scale quickly and “pay as you go”.

Looking at a Hybrid Cloud Option

Both the private cloud and public cloud offer many great benefits and many organizations are combining these clouds to create a Hybrid cloud option that is a viable, flexible, and updated solution meeting their individual needs. Moving towards a hybrid cloud solution can help keep an organization’s sensitive data and applications in a more controlled environment while reducing costs by branching out their other resources. The hybrid cloud market is growing and expected to reach $128.01 billion by 2025 as stated on the Enterprisers Projects. Being able to create a new architectural style that provides a more ideal fit for organizations.


When your organizations are assessing private vs. public cloud options it is important to do your due diligence on the different technology offerings as well as the reliability of the cloud provider. Your organization will see the greatest benefits of the cloud when you consider the differences and limitations of each cloud architecture option bases off of your requirements. Also an important factor to consider is cost. Many private clouds require contract agreement terms, while public clouds can be consumed by the minute. The tradeoff is sometimes the private cloud commitments allow your costs to get below what they would be with a public cloud offering.

Whether you are looking to leverage a private vs public cloud or considering all types of cloud solutions to create a hybrid cloud environment,  you can contact us for a free Cloud Consultation to assess the best solution for your business needs.

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Author: Debbie Pfeiffer

Debbie is the Marketing Manager who brings 15 years of marketing experience, working across all departments of business. She joined CompuData in 2019 with extensive marketing and business communication experience in technology, manufacturing and professional service industries. Debbie positively approaches each day as a new opportunity.