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Public Cloud vs Private Cloud

The Difference between Public and Private Cloud

Which cloud is right for your business? Most organizations implement a Public Cloud model with shared, limited resources without realizing the enterprise resources that await in the Private Cloud.

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Public Cloud

The Public Cloud

AKA "The Shared Cloud"

This multitenant environment keeps your data in a shared storage network. Think of it as an apartment building filled with tenants and looked after by one landlord. Similarly, public cloud users share the computing resources of all the
servers in that system.

Examples: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Office 365, etc.


  • Less expensive
  • Standard environment
  • High level of scalability


  • System interruptions
  • No dedicated resources
  • Lack of control
  • Little customization
Private Cloud

The Private Cloud

AKA "The Dedicated Cloud"

This environment is only accessible to users of a single organization and all resources are provided behind a secure firewall. No apartments here, only houses. All accounts have their own server with exclusive access to resources in that system.

Examples: Microsoft Azure Private Cloud, Cloud.


  • Your own server
  • More control & customization
  • Custom built to your needs
  • Enterprise-grade security
  • Enterprise-grade availability
  • Enterprise-grade reliability
  • Highly level of scalability


  • More expensive
  • Requires set up


Public vs. Private Cloud SharePoint Functionality

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