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There are three different types of cloud services you can consider meeting the needs of your small business.

Public cloud

This type of computing is owned by a cloud company provider and is used by many different companies. Some larger public cloud providers include Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud. The advantage of using public cloud providers is low cost, security and automatic upgrades, the drawback being less customization.

Private cloud

Private clouds are dedicated to just your company and will usually be located behind the company firewall. A private cloud may be more costly for a small business, since fixed costs are higher requiring more expertise to operate. But if your company is part of a highly regulated industry and security is paramount or you want a custom solution that you control, private cloud may be the best option for you.

Hybrid cloud

Hybrid cloud is simply a combination of two cloud models. This might include two or more different public clouds, two or more private clouds, or a combination thereof. As your business grows, this solution may permit additional flexibility and complex operations. It will, however come at the expense of some of the public cloud’s typical simplicity.

When choosing from among cloud offers, you should consider whether the cloud platform meets all your needs and gives you room to scale. The service model that meets your present day needs now may not cut it in the future.

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