The Cloud Computing Network

Cloud Computing opens up storage, sharing, and mobility options for any individual, corporations, or small business that expands to the cloud (here is a Recent article on cloud business software). The cloud is a type of networking that goes back through the history of computing relating to real time communication and networks such as the internet. One of the biggest steps in transitioning to the cloud is determining the level of security and the openness of the cloud used. The four options include private, public, community, and hybrid.


The public cloud is an open network that is sometimes called the external cloud. If you visualize the cloud network as an actual cloud, then the public network is the large open cloud where all your customers, employees, and neighboring companies can go to share your information and any other information.

The public cloud allows for unique interactions between all the persons that make up your network but there might be some securities issues so protection will always be important to your business. On the public cloud resources, apps, client data, and customer information are all stored for ready access.


Privacy is the name of the game on the private cloud. Your company controls what and who is on the cloud. The private cloud is a cloud network that is controlled by the businesses firewall. All who log on must have authorization to use the cloud. This increases the security while controlling who is on the cloud and what is posted. The IT department of the company sets up control and access to the cloud. While the security is greater on the private cloud, the return on investment is lower as the business is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the private cloud.


The community set upset allows sharing of storage and data via the same infrastructure between multiple organizations. The management and cost of this system is split between those within the community. Usually the community is built around common needs such as security, compliance, and jurisdiction.

The smaller setting allows for better security but the larger distribution gives more information and collaboration. This setting is ideal for small business settings that want to explore the options with companies that they often collaborate. A good example would be a community for a wedding dress shop. Perhaps their community would include a bakery, a florist, a tuxedo store, a gift store, a jewelry store, limousine, and venue rentals. These businesses would all share information and recommend customers to each other.


The hybrid cloud is unique in that it is a combination of 2 or more of the other clouds. The private, public, and communities are combined to fuse security with boundaries. This model services both capacity and capability in the development of the clouds. The use of the hybrid would allow a company to secure sensitive information on the private cloud while using the public cloud for open sharing of information.

Through cloud bursting the company runs an application in the private cloud that bursts through to the public cloud with information that is safe to share with approved or guest users. The hybrid cloud can be an archetype that sets the standards for companies of all sizes and functions.

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