When it comes to cloud hosting there are generally three forms of cloud hosting that IT experts discuss and advocate. Each has its pros and cons. In general, the three cloud hosting environments can be defined this way:

  1. Public Cloud – Internet-based computing in which companies contract with various software providers in the cloud for services instead of operating traditionally with hardware on location.
  2. Private Cloud – Internet-based computing where various applications are under the control of the company that is using those services and applications.
  3. Hybrid Cloud – A combination of public and private cloud hosting.

The public cloud has its advocates. They generally cite a savings on hardware and software acquisition as a benefit and many even say that traditional IT departments can go by the wayside, saving the company on human resources costs. The downside, others say, is diminished security.

The upside to private cloud hosting is that the company gets to control the applications rather than contract with a service. This is supposed to be more secure. In reality, however, private cloud hosting has its security issues too, and sometimes they are more challenging than public cloud security.

Hybrid cloud hosting takes the best of both worlds and incorporates them.

Which cloud hosting environment is right for you depends on several factors. But my guess is, by 2020, you’ll have to choose one of them.