The cloud has long since found its way into everyday business. Many companies take advantage of the option of storing data in the cloud, using software via the cloud and collaborating with others using chat and video conferencing. The best-known applications include services such as Dropbox, Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, Slack, Hubspot, Zoom and Salesforce.
In the cloud, providers can make their services and applications available globally 24/7, while the user of these services usually accesses them via his browser or an app installed on the mobile device.
In the way in which these services and applications are operated, we generally differentiate between the Public, Private and the mixed form Hybrid cloud.
Of Public cloud we speak when the application used is operated on the provider's infrastructure. Thanks to its specialization, it can make its offer available to millions of users in order to achieve high scaling effects and ultimately pass on lower prices to the user. Some offers such as Google Docs are completely free. That is why the service is used by many people in both private and professional environments. However, this is only possible because all users entrust their data to the provider so that he can process it using the application used. However, this is often a problem for companies as consumers of this service. Because you not only give up your data sovereignty, but also share considerably more data than you would actually like.
At a Private cloud the user (the user) operates the application himself on his own cloud infrastructure. This service is usually carried out by your own IT department or an external service provider commissioned. In contrast to the public cloud, the private cloud is only available to the consuming user. He is therefore relatively free of restrictions when designing the cloud infrastructure and can also ensure who has access to his data and how. But this freedom is also associated with higher costs, because the operation of the private cloud requires qualified personnel and investments in an appropriate IT infrastructure. That is certainly the main reason why large companies or public authorities in particular set up private clouds. The latter of course also based on legal requirements.
The Hybrid cloud includes both private and public cloud components. With this approach, from the point of view of data protection officers, critical applications are operated in the private cloud, while the non-critical applications are obtained from the public cloud. The flexibility gained in this way is more complex in terms of management, since the use of both types makes the system more complex.
The following is a schematic overview of the characteristics of different cloud types:
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|more + corresponds to "better"||Public cloud||Private cloud||Hybrid cloud|
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Table: Which cloud is the right one depends primarily on your own preferences.
Is the private cloud really only for large companies and authorities?
The high cost factor when using private clouds is of course a knockout criterion for many small companies and the self-employed. If this is used, it is usually only because the entrepreneur himself is able to set up and operate the necessary infrastructures. It is not uncommon for him to do this with the help of Family & Friends. This does not necessarily mean that there is a lack of professionalism. But as business grows, so do requirements. The result: what was previously on the side is now only progressing slowly.
So only public cloud for small businesses and the self-employed?
No - at least that's what we think at ORMI.Cloud.
If the operation of selected applications is highly automated and standardized, such a private cloud-based solution can be designed inexpensively. Process automation enables significantly less manual effort and primarily lowers operating costs. The standardization is reflected in the specialization in the design of the offer. Although fewer applications are offered, they work together very well. This is why the applications available with ORMI.Cloud are preconfigured, linked to one another by means of a central user administration and are immediately ready to go. Further private cloud features such as VPN access are currently in preparation.
With ORMI.Cloud, small businesses and the self-employed can take advantage of the private cloud from as little as € 99 per month. At this price, ORMI.Cloud offers Atlassian Confluence for 10 users on a server hosted in Germany, the operation of which is completely worry-free for the customer, as it is managed by ORMI.Cloud. In this way, even small companies and the self-employed can regain their data sovereignty. And that's close to the prices of a public cloud.
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