What’s the Difference Between Public and Private Cloud Hosting?

How consolidating your cloud services can boost your productivity

Many of our Michigan clients began their Cloud integration long before they came to us. It started when they opened a Dropbox account in order to share large files with a client. Then they opened a business Gmail account and moved their email client to the Cloud. At some point, they started using cloud accounting software, and the pattern continued until they found themselves conducting a large portion of their business through various cloud-based services, scattered throughout the Internet.

What started as an expedient solution to the problem at hand is now a disconnected array of web-based applications, each with their own set of logins, workflows, and technical support. This is the public cloud: not the worst place to be, but certainly not the most efficient solution. Moving to the cloud was a step in the right direction; the next step is toward the private cloud.

What makes private cloud hosting different?

A private cloud unifies your environment. Whereas before, your data was spread throughout all your various web-based applications, now you have access to each program at a single source. It moves your entire desktop to the cloud. You sign in to one place, like you would sign in to your computer, and it loads your entire work environment, just as you left it.

This allows us to personalize your cloud desktop. You no longer have to worry about whether a favorite application has cloud support, or if you remembered to save a file to a cloud storage space. When you move to the private cloud, you entire desktop—including all of your applications and data—goes along with it.

What does private cloud hosting mean for your workplace efficiency?

A single source cloud environment streamlines your workflow by cutting down on the various log-in requests you need in order to move from one work environment to another. For instance, say you have one desktop workspace in your office, another desktop in your home, and a work laptop. With a public cloud, moving from one environment to the other means signing in and out of each application in each space. It means relaunching applications and finding the files you were working on when you left off at your last work station.

The private cloud makes all your work stations equal. You can save your entire desktop at one work station, then log-in from another and find everything exactly as you left it. If one station breaks down, or if your laptop is lost or stolen, you don’t lose any of your work. It has all the benefits of a cloud and desktop environment, combined.

Unify your work space.