The Struggle between Different Types of Hosting Vendors

Data Centers vs. Private Cloud vs. Managed Third Party Vendors

It's quite clear that the cloud has redefined hosting and storage markets, and the cloud adoption is no more a privilege for only the big organizations. Today, it’s common to see even individual people making use of the cloud for several online file storage needs (Dropbox, Google Drive etc). 

Among the various kinds of data hosting, third party cloud and private cloud are very popular. Private cloud comes with a safe setting that can be accessed only by the client.

It’s same as the other cloud-oriented settings except for the extra security features offered to users via some computers that are accessible across safe encrypted links in public networks or private leased lines. On the contrary, public cloud permits access to several clients who can access information from the same group of servers. Companies that need enhanced security and privacy find private cloud to be the best option as it also features increased reliability and energy efficiency. On the other end, data centers are present on the premises of the company and are usually operated by the company’s in-house tech department. 

If an organization wants full control over infrastructure and data for its complex and varied workloads, data center is the best choice. Though, a physical data center lacks scaling abilities like that of cloud. However, the security it offers is unmatched. 

There are an increasing number of enterprises that has been facing the problem of bandwidth limitation for monitoring cloud infrastructure and in such cases managed third party vendors are the best bet.

They have the ability to give high visibility into greatly dispersed cloud environment, which might not be possibly achieved by cloud monitoring tools. If you are wondering how a third party cloud vendor could help, discussed below are their key features:

Dispersed Cloud Management: It lets admins to gain visibility into the data center operations of all locations.

Service Level Agreement (SLA) Monitoring: With this, an administrator can make sure that the cloud is functioning to its maximum capacity. 

Disaster Recovery: The function of disaster recovery can be enhanced, thus maximizing availability. 

Process Automation: With a third party cloud, it’s possible to easily automate the key cloud processes. 

Costing: This feature can help admins to predict department-wise growth and also work with budgets to match the IT requirements. 

Upcoming Storage and Hosting Trends 

Here are some of the upcoming trends in storage and hosting:   

Multi-Public Cloud vs. Hybrid Cloud: Organizations might still give importance to public cloud as against hybrid cloud due to the skills, time and cost required to handle infrastructure on-premise and cloud data. However, the hybrid cloud concept is here to stay. 

Container as a Service (CaaS) or Virtual Containers: This is a simple way of packaging applications and transmitting them across various operating systems as it permits easier onsite hosting. On the other hand, the conventional SaaS (Software as a Service) is more expensive, followed by PaaS next.

Mobile Collaboration: In today’s mobile world, it’s easier to store or share data on the cloud with the help of mobile gadgets than virtual computers.

The big software organizations are going mobile all the way, and even the startups are now following the foot-steps. 

Guidelines Governing Cloud Usage in India 

The cloud comes with lot of complicated data processing work due to its unique features, thus making it complex for national data protection experts to asset rules over these processing operations. Usually, the customer is also a data controller and has to do his work before signing an agreement. It’ll be supportive if the customer as well as the vendor takes into account data protection aspects like liability, law, compliance, data portability, and indemnity.

And, just like India, one needs to know the local laws and governing guidelines across various countries, before entering those specific markets.