By now we are all familiar with the term cloud computing and quite likely use the cloud in some form in our personal or work life. For example Facebook and Instagram are cloud services, likewise Google Docs, Dropbox and Microsoft 365 are cloud hosted solutions for the workplace. You may have heard the terms public and private cloud but do you really understand what they are and how they differ?
What is Public and Private Cloud?
Simply put a private cloud is a service that is completely controlled by a single organisation and not shared with others. While a public cloud is a subscription service that is also offered to any and all customers who want similar services. Microsoft Azure is an example of a public cloud. Private cloud is a single-tenant environment, meaning all resources are accessible to one customer only. In the past it has been considered that Private Cloud has greater security and access control and meets compliance requirements better but the significant advancements in security in public cloud has lessened that gap considerably. Public Cloud with enhanced inbuilt security offers greater flexibility and lower cost of entry making it a sensible option for the majority of businesses nowadays.
Why Choose Microsoft Cloud
Security and compliance are embedded at every level in Microsoft Cloud and backed by experts.
- 1B+ USD investment in security R&D and 3,500 cyber security experts
- Multi-layered security across physical datacentres, infrastructure and operations
- Proactively monitored by cyber security experts
- 8 trillion threat signals analysed daily
- The most comprehensive compliance cover of any cloud provider
- Delivers 100+ compliance certifications
- Data is secured at rest and in transit
- Compliant with privacy standards including GDPR, ISO 27001, HIPAA and more
Organisations can become more carbon efficient by using public cloud services. Microsoft Cloud Carbon Study 2018 found that the Microsoft Cloud is as much as 93% more energy efficient and as much as 98% more carbon efficient than on-prem solutions.
Embracing cloud services and migrating workloads to the cloud, is one step that will have a positive impact on helping your organisation reduce carbon emissions whilst lowering energy bills and supporting Microsoft with their 4 key goals:
- Carbon: 100% renewable energy by 2025
- Water: Water positive by 2030, replenish more water than is consumed
- Waste: Zero- waste certification by 2030
- Ecosystems: Net-zero deforestation from new construction.
Microsoft Cloud has one of the largest networks in the world backed by decades of continuous investment.
- Global infrastructure present in 140 countries
- Operates across more regions than any other cloud provider
- Highly available, secure and agile network
- Supports large enterprises e.g Skype, Bing, and Microsoft Exchange.
- Connects hundreds of access points and data centres
- Fast, reliable and scalable performance