The Public cloud is an option for businesses to use for their cloud computing needs. So what is the public cloud? It’s a cloud hosted by third-party cloud service providers on a shared hardware. The third-party provider handles all responsibilities associated with managing and maintaining cloud services because they own the hardware. For companies using the public cloud, this means saving time and resources to manage their cloud computing compared to the responsibilities of owning and operating an on-premises cloud. Other perks of opting for the public cloud over the private cloud is that it’s almost infinitely scalable and it’s quick to access.
While the public cloud sounds like the way to compute, it does have some drawbacks. Giving up control of cloud infrastructure equates to also releasing control over security and ensuring regulations. Red Hat’s site sums up the public cloud disadvantage as: “without knowing what users, groups, data, applications, and packages reside on which infrastructure, the enterprise can’t identify and minimize risks.”
What is Public Cloud? The Top Public Cloud Service Providers
We browsed our database of top public cloud service providers and their cloud services to supply a brief description. There are other cloud service providers with public cloud products that are not included on this list.
Amazon: Amazon’s public cloud is available through Amazon Web Services, which offers public and hybrid cloud options.
Google: Google Cloud Platform includes a serverless cloud that is only code-generated.
Microsoft: Microsoft Azure’s public cloud focuses on continuous security, and it can be integrated into a hybrid cloud.
Salesforce: The Salesforce cloud is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution.
SAP: The SAP Cloud Platform is another PaaS public cloud solution.
IBM: The IBM Cloud offers a full spectrum of cloud services: public, private, and hybrid. Its solution is a functions-as-a-service programming platform.
Oracle: The Oracle public cloud is able to operate behind a company’s firewall, providing the company with additional security.