Introduction to cloud deployment models

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There are several ways that we can deploy our services, resources, and data into the Cloud. When setting up a cloud deployment, you need to select the most appropriate model to your needs. Let's take a look at the four available models. The four cloud deployment models available are private cloud, public cloud, hosted private cloud, and hybrid cloud. The public cloud deployment model allows us to completely utilize the cloud for all our needs. We rely on the cloud provider to make our resources available online.

The cloud provider looks after the hardware and maintenance, and we pay for only the resources that we use. With a public cloud deployment, we have very little internal maintenance overheads. The cloud provider keeps the lights on, not us. The private cloud deployment model allows us to keep 100% control of our resources. We are the cloud provider, and we manage our own small data center and keep the servers running and make our resources available online to our customers. There is no external cloud provider, so we need to hire and employ the skilled IT team to keep the lights on and look after all the hardware, software, and maintenance.

Because the services are owned and maintained by us, we manage the security, privacy, and have full control over the resources and data, but the costs will be high. You want to benefit from cloud grade infrastructure, networking, security, and the global presence of the cloud service provider. In a hosted private cloud, you deploy your own hardware to the third party data center and use the underlying third party cloud infrastructure to host your cloud. Because you are using some of your own hardware, such as servers and storage, this model is cheaper than a private cloud.

The hybrid model allows for a combination of both public cloud and private cloud capability. You use a third-party to host some of your resources and also manage some in-house resources. A hybrid model works well when you have data that must be stored locally and you also need always on web services. Another hybrid scenario is when your enterprise is rapidly growing by allowing you to overflow to the cloud during your expansion. In the next movie, we'll cover how to manage privacy in the cloud.

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