As cloud adoption accelerates and becomes a critical part of most enterprises’ IT plans, it is important to choose the right type for your business.
There are many significant advantages of cloud computing, such as cost savings, a reduction in excess capacity, and standardization on a shared database and application platform.
An even more compelling benefit of cloud is speed and agility since rapid provisioning and advanced self-service capabilities allow new services to be deployed much faster.
But which type of cloud is right for you? To answer that, you need to consider the three main cloud deployment and service delivery models.
Different cloud and service options
The true value of the cloud lies in the services delivered, and the three main service types are SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).
The Public cloud is the most well-known type of cloud computing, where a service provider supplies services – such as applications, platform and infrastructure — to your organization over the Internet.
If you are looking to accelerate application development, you may opt for a public cloud with a PaaS solution.
PaaS clouds provide rapid access to standard, shared services, thus minimizing re-inventing the wheel and allowing developers to use languages and tools with which they are already familiar.
Private clouds are for the exclusive use of the organization, operate within the corporate firewall, and are managed by the IT department or a service provider.
If you are looking to add new application functionality or replace aging legacy applications, you may want to adopt these applications in a SaaS model.
Oracle provides a comprehensive portfolio of standards-based cloud applications that can be deployed in private clouds.
Hybrid clouds enable applications to run across both public and private clouds, so the clouds must support standards for application portability and interoperability.
For hybrid clouds, IaaS is a good starting point because it provides the most basic and most flexible services for computing, storage and networking.
The following infographic by Axizworkgroup reveals how the cloud deployment and service delivery models work together.
Choosing the right option for your business
Whether a public, private or hybrid cloud, the key elements are the same: a set of shared, standardized services built for multitenancy.
Before deciding which cloud is right for your enterprise, you must first assess the business drivers and technical feasibility of moving all or part of your applications to the cloud.
It is critical to look for cloud solutions that are comprehensive and integrated to minimize data and process fragmentation from using multiple clouds.
The Oracle Authorised Solution Centre (OASC), hosted at Axizworkgroup, offers a hands-on technology journey through an array of services and platforms.
This educates both partners and their end-users on the Oracle value proposition and provides hands on experience and appreciation of Oracle technologies.
Learn more about how Oracle’s portfolio of cloud solutions can benefit your enterprise at AxizWorkgroup’s partner portal: www.awgoracle.net.
This article was published in partnership with Axizworkgroup.