July 20, 2017
By Dave Gura
When you’re in the business of data collection, migration to the cloud is not a move to be taken lightly. And whether they’re environmental firms, utilities, police departments, energy providers, intelligence agencies or any one of our customers that span nearly every industry in over 70 countries… they are ALL in the business of data collection.
And when choosing among public and private cloud solutions, the choice has always been pretty simple, right? If reducing costs is the primary driver, you get the most bang for your buck with a public cloud solution. It’s the least expensive because it’s shared infrastructure, servers and databases among customers.
On the other hand, it’s also the most vulnerable to attacks and the least secure form of cloud computing.
Private cloud is considered the most secure because your data is isolated within its own virtual private server, but it’s generally more expensive. Recently, some have started referring to a third option as Hybrid cloud where you get characteristics of public and private cloud.
I’m no expert on cloud computing, especially as our industry starts throwing around the blurring terminology lines of SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc. I just know what our customers tell us matters in the business of data collection as they’re moving to the cloud.
Security is the number one concern. No compromise. Period. They wouldn’t deploy cloud technology if it didn’t offer the best possible security for their data and their customers’ data. And they won’t choose public cloud to save a buck.
Collaboration is the number one benefit. Sharing data over the air from mobile devices and workers is a game changer for downstream workflows. Not having to “deadhead” (return to the office and upload data to a computer) and post-process files is a quantum leap forward.
Deployment is where customers sometimes part ways in the cloud. Some would like the benefits of a 100% hands-off hosted solution. Others demand they have control over their data within their own on-site server infrastructure.
Either way, we knew that our private cloud solution (available hosted in a carrier-class data center, with cloud provider of your choice like Amazon, or for your on-premise installation) gave our customers the flexibility to take advantage of the cloud their way. Call it private, call it hybrid. But our customers don’t have to pay extra to get the best of both security and collaboration, served however they like it.