Microsoft Office 365 is available in the cloud, whether it’s a public, private, or hybrid infrastructure that you’re using to get there. While you probably knew that Office 365 was available as a low cost subscription model online, you may not realize that you have a number of choices related to how your cloud foundation will be built.
This article looks more closely at Office 365 and the public and private cloud options available to your business today.
The keyword is “public,” which means that your data is stored on a shared server along with every other business out there. That isn’t inherently a bad thing, but there are pros and cons to both the public and private clouds.
The public cloud is perfect for small businesses that want the always-on convenience of the Internet, along with the scalability for growth that comes with these offerings. Other benefits include the speed in which you can deploy Office 365, and the fact that you don’t have the costly overhead associated with purchasing hardware.
Some pundits suggest one drawback to the public cloud is security. In fact, the public cloud is often safer than any on-premise network because security updates and backups are constant. The huge data farms with miles of servers that host your Office 365 applications certainly have more redundant resources and expertise available than your business can likely afford to develop.
If there was a drawback to the public cloud, it would have to be the lack of transparency. Your knowledge of what happens behind the cloud will be minimal; it’s unlikely you will know exactly where your data is stored or anything else about what’s behind the “front door” of your cloud access.
However, most businesses are content with accessing Office 365 via the public cloud, allowing the experts to control the actual infrastructure while they handle their own virtual machines and the work of running a business.
The private cloud is a technology architecture devoted exclusively to your business. You can store your data on-premise in a server, or with a managed service provider like CWPS.
A disadvantage of the private cloud is that it is much more expensive to install and monitor. You won’t have the benefit of the cloud provider’s top-notch security team, so you’ll need to engage one.
The benefits of these models are especially important if you have sensitive data that falls under government or other regulatory rules. Too, the level of customization with a private cloud is much higher, along with the ability to control the equipment and access.
Choosing Between a Private or Public Cloud
The issue is not whether Office 365 is better in a private or public cloud model. This best-in-class software can be easily utilized in either architecture. Instead, the decision is which architecture would provide more benefit to your organization? Either way, you will still enjoy improved collaboration and all of the tools that Office 365 offers.