Moving part or all of your business to the cloud can be a daunting, often confusing endeavor. Though the benefits of virtualization, commonly referred to as cloud computing, are well known (higher availability, lower operating costs, etc.), your company’s path towards a cloud based solution isn’t quite as certain. Thankfully, due to the proliferation of advanced data center hardware, increased bandwidth, and virtualization software, there are more cloud solutions now than ever before.

We’ll divide today’s virtualization solutions into three categories: public, private, and hybrid clouds. Some well known public clouds include Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Microsoft’s Azure Cloud, and Google’s Cloud Platform. These public clouds can offer significant capital and operational savings with their utility and usage-based pricing models. Although economically appealing, the public cloud isn’t for everyone.

In the public cloud, two of your virtual servers may reside in data centers thousands of miles apart. This can create latency issues, resulting in suboptimal performance. For those with web servers relying on database back-ends, this can mean higher load times and more financial risk. Other drawbacks of the public cloud can include poorly managed security, limited data recovery options during an outage, and the lack of backend control. Also, the public cloud provider typically determines the hardware your servers run on.

For those with more complex compliance, customization, management, and uptime needs, the private cloud can fill these gaps left by the public cloud. Atomic Data leverages our fully managed infrastructure (F5 load balancers, Cisco switching, NetApp storage, enterprise WAN, and VMware platform) to provide clients with a shared or dedicated private cloud in our SAS 70 Type II/SOC 2 Type II certified data centers. Atomic Data’s highly redundant and highly available architecture alleviates the risks from natural disasters, system crashes, and increased loads. Atomic Data’s systems are designed from the ground up for automatic failover to keep your business running if disasters do occur. Additionally, tape backup and server snapshots help ensure your data will never be lost. Combined with our highly knowledgeable certified engineers, an intense focus on security, and state of the industry infrastructure in data centers around the world, an Atomic Data private cloud will exceed your expectations and scale to meet your changing business needs.

Finally, we have the hybrid cloud. This solution is ideal for companies with non-critical applications or platforms that can reside in the lower cost public clouds, but also require the security and control of the private cloud. The two are typically bound together and posess an added level of redundancy the public cloud may not always offer. If you have an existing private cloud and are looking to leverage the capacities of the public cloud, a hybrid solution may be what you’re looking for.

No matter which option you choose, Atomic Data’s experienced team of platform engineers and enterprise architects will be there to design, implement, and manage your transition to the cloud.

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By Scott Evangelist, Marketing Manager