There’s broad agreement on the key benefits of virtual servers — scalability, improved resource utilization, reduced operational costs, instant provisioning, and the ability to quickly expand the server base. But there is no “one size fits all” consensus around private vs. public cloud servers.
For educational institutions, the selection of a public vs. private cloud turns upon a number of factors. When considering a move to the cloud, organizations must evaluate these two functionally similar technologies and assess the appropriateness of each for their needs.
They should look at the specific applications and processes they want to transition to a cloud-based infrastructure, and factor in security, compliance, cost and scalability before deciding which of the two options aligns most closely with their strategies. Some schools might determine that specific applications and processes require a private cloud, while others can live in the public cloud.