How would you describe the impact of digital cloud services on the world? Statistics show that in 2019, 65% of Internet users used cloud storage. Well, that’s a big leap from the 35% record in 2015. While the stats are alluring, what’s more, appealing is the flexibility of cloud services. The possibilities are endless, from storing unlimited data to hosting websites on cloud storage. But wait, what about security risks?
The private and public cloud storage margin has raised certain security-based questions among users.
What makes the private cloud different from the public cloud? Is the public cloud more susceptible to security breaches than the private cloud? How private is the private cloud? These questions have been asked numberless times, and rightly so. Below are straight answers to these questions.
The difference between private and public cloud models is mostly about resource management. The digital cloud system is a deployment model that allows administrative control over cloud resources. In the public cloud setup, the administrator or digital cloud vendor rents their resources to other users while granting them limited autonomy. On the other hand, private cloud users opt to be the sole user of their cloud resources.
As expected, buying margined spaces on a public cloud server is cheaper than the total purchase of a cloud server’s resource pool.
Technically, private cloud users have a stronger security stance in cyberspace. Because public cloud users have to share their security resources with many people, they have little to no control over their security setup. They are also more probable targets of cyber-attacks than an average private cloud user. However, being on a public cloud server doesn’t guarantee security breaches.
The most private cloud system possible would be a storage setup owned and maintained by the user. In other words, the user would be responsible for the server hardware’s installation, storage, power, and maintenance. That’s more like having a private data center which would cost a fortune to sustain.
In the practical sense, private cloud storage comes as virtual servers provided by cloud storage companies like Google, Blomp, Microsoft, and Apple. While the users exercise unregulated executive control over the virtual servers, their providers maintain the physical components and provide software updates.