Public cloud providers offer resources and services to their users without the need to install any on-premise software. The provider manages the required hardware and allows users to utilize the resources they need for their projects. Whether users just need another place to store data or an entire development to develop and distribute applications, a public cloud provides the services clients need over the Internet. Their pay-as-you-use pricing model helps professionals mitigate service costs. Also, because they’re publicly available, the services are easy to deploy and implement.
These are some of the more well-known benefits of public cloud. However, using public cloud services also comes with a bunch of other perks and bonuses that you might not be aware of. To see how the public cloud creates advantages for your enterprise, read on to discover five benefits of public cloud services you might not be aware of.
Lack of maintenance responsibility
Public cloud providers fully maintain the servers and hardware necessary to operate their services. That means the user never has to worry about hardware maintenance on their end. This reduces the operational costs of managing physical hardware, but also eliminates the time spent repairing hardware issues. When compared to a private cloud architecture, where the user installs a server and hardware on their premise, the benefit of this is obvious. By shifting responsibility for server maintenance onto the public cloud provider, your IT staff will see increased efficiency.
More recent technology
When you operate your own hardware, it’s up to you to maintain your infrastructure. Sometimes, that means upgrading your existing hardware to adapt to your needs or replace non-functioning technology. This can be expensive and, depending on the unit, time-consuming to implement. By contrast, public cloud providers take care of upgrading hardware for you. Because they serve multiple users at once, they improve their hardware regularly to provide the fastest and most reliable systems.
A public cloud infrastructure operates on a multitenancy foundation, meaning that there are multiple users on a particular server at one time. Though it depends somewhat on the other users on your servers, multitenant public cloud servers are generally more secure than private cloud deployments. Public cloud providers place a large focus on security because they hold other companies’ information and data. Private cloud infrastructures, on the other hand, are maintained and secured privately by an enterprise, so they need to implement effective security strategies.
Frequent penetration testing
Penetration testing (or pen testing) involves testing a computer system, application, or infrastructure for security gaps. A pen test specifically looks for holes in the system that could let malware or hazardous data through. With a private cloud deployment, you need to perform pen tests manually or set up a software to do it automatically. Public cloud providers constantly perform pen tests to ensure their cloud environment is secure for its users.
While public cloud providers promise “five nines” in regards to availability, their servers will go down at some point. When that happens, you may assume that any data or projects stored in their cloud environment will be inaccessible. However, public cloud providers own and operate many interconnected servers and data centers in various locations. This means that one server going down doesn’t affect the ability to perform workflows or access data.
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