What You Should Know Before Deploying UC in the Cloud—Part 2

    Between 2011 to 2014, the cloud computing market is expected to increase by an incredible 126.5 percent. Seventy-five percent of businesses are already using some sort of cloud platform, yet the technology is at its most effective only when it is properly invested in. If you’re looking to deploy a cloud-based unified communications (UC) solution but have some lingering questions about going cloud-bound, we’ll help you find the right model for your needs.

    Private Cloud Model

    A private cloud model can be deployed in an on-premises data center (meaning it can be installed and deployed on the computers that reside within your own data center) or on hosted data center resources (a data center that is overseen by a third party vendor via one, centralized location). With a private cloud model, you’ll realize greater cost savings through centralization and virtualization, which enables multiple applications to share resources through one virtualized environment. 

    Public Cloud Model

    While public cloud models offer less control over users’ underlying infrastructure—as the data center and hardware is owned and managed by the service provider—this model is largely utilized for its pay-as-you-go and fixed monthly payment options, which is a definitive advantage for one looking to trim any financial fat. This means that the service provider supports and provisions the system for you over a fixed term.

    Hybrid Cloud Model

    Often considered the best of both worlds, a hybrid cloud model enables organizations to combine aspects of both the public and private cloud. This has enabled businesses to realize a better return on investment (ROI) from existing capital expenditure, as well as retain better control over mission-critical applications while still being able to fulfill specific compliance requirements. This cloud model is ideally suited for organizations that are not yet ready to make an “all-in” move to a full public cloud deployment, or ones that are concerned about the potentials risks of doing so.