Grasping the difference between public, private and hybrid cloud (infographic)

31 Jan 2014

Image via alexmillos/Shutterstock

‘Cloud’ has long been a buzzword of business, but this all-encompassing term actually covers three different varieties. This infographic explains the differences between public, private and hybrid cloud computing to help those making the switch decide which best suits their organisation.

The infographic from iWeb also offers a guide on what to pay for when it comes to public, private and hybrid cloud hosting and explains how pricing is set for each system.

In a survey of more than 400 organisations that are implementing or maintaining cloud computing, benefits such as increased efficiency, improved employee mobility and reduced IT operating costs were touted by many. However, a survey of 720 respondents shows that the top reason for not adopting cloud services is price.

Around the world, Japan is the leader in cloud readiness, followed by Australia and the US.

With this industry set to keep growing, it’s important to be familiar with the terms of reference.

Difference between public, private and hybrid cloud infographic by iWeb

Main cloud image by alexmillos via Shutterstock

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.