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Public vs. Private Cloud: What's the Difference?

on Aug 22


The demand for data is constantly growing for businesses across Hawaii. Many are migrating to the Cloud for data storage, software, and security. This is changing the landscape as we know it and offering more opportunities for all business to compete in the global marketplace. While it sounds easy in theory, cloud migration is no easy task and requires businesses to choose between a public or private cloud platform that fits their needs. So what are the differences between the two and what’s the best fit for your business?

About Public Cloud


A public Cloud is when your data and software is hosted on a shared physical hardware owned by a third-party service provider - all delivered across the internet. The Cloud is not exclusive and includes numerous “tenants” that share the space. Best examples of popular cloud providers include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

Public Clouds offer many choices and different resources for all types of businesses. The service might be free or subscription-based, and ranges from e-mail, applications, data storage, or virtual machines. Individuals or businesses pay for what they use, making it highly scalable. Cloud providers are responsible for managing and maintaining the platform, eliminating the time and money involved with investing in a physical infrastructure. Public Clouds sound like an affordable option, but it comes with its fair share of issues.

Less Secure

Since businesses are giving up control over their physical hardware for their data storage, it’s more difficult to know if their data is well protected on a shared platform. Public Clouds are major targets for malicious cybercrime because of the large, shared servers with loads of valuable data.

Risk of Non-Compliance

Many businesses need to comply with strict security requirements to meet regulations SSAE 18, SOC 2, and HIPAA, and public Cloud might not fit the bill. 

Major Costs With More Data

While the pay-as-you go model keeps Public cloud costs low, prices skyrocket when large data is migrated or application usage increases.

What About Private Cloud?


A Private Cloud is a system dedicated to a single business. All the data and applications are accessed via secure private network, and not shared with other customers.  These types of Clouds are located in a data center through a hosting provider. While they offer similar advantages as Public Clouds, Private Clouds offer businesses much more control and security over its network and data with more benefits.

1. Improved Security

Private Clouds provide greater levels of security that’s ideal for handling valuable and sensitive data. 

2. Better Performance

With a dedicated and symmetrical connection, private clouds offer faster speeds for performance and traffic for users.

3. More Control

Since they’re maintained onsite or in a data center, this provides businesses more control over access to the Private Cloud and its data.

4. Customized for Your Business

Unlike Public Clouds that are made for all types of businesses, Private Clouds are developed just for your organization. Your business can customize the storage and network, providing the right fit for your business needs.

Make the Right Decision

Cloud computing offers a wide range of options for businesses to migrate your services. While public clouds are the most popular choice, private clouds are a better choice that offer the same benefits but guarantees more performance, security, and control that your business truly needs to grow. Servpac, Hawaii’s Largest Local Telcom, can help businesses migrate their existing services into a private cloud server - all supported by a dedicated fiber connection that’s compliant with HIPAA, SSAE 18, and SOC 2 compliance. Don’t hesitate to call 237-5000 or request a consultation for more info.

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Servpac is a Hawaii-based telecommunications company providing innovative and integrated telephone, internet, cloud, managed network, and data center colocation solutions for Hawaii businesses since 2004. The company is the largest locally based CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) in the state and provides 24/7 local support for local  businesses to help them compete in the global marketplace. Call 808-237-5000 to discuss your telecom needs and learn about our services

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