Choosing the Right Cloud Computing Deployment Model

Synopsys Editorial Staff

Aug 03, 2022 / 3 min read

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During the last decade, businesses have been transitioning to the cloud to improve process efficiency and time to market. The real advantage of the cloud comes from which cloud computing deployment models you decide to adopt.

Cloud deployment models define the location of your deployment's infrastructure as well as who owns and controls that infrastructure. 

This article will examine the main models for cloud deployment and provide suggestions as to which your business should adopt.

Cloud Computing Deployment Models

You can choose from three main cloud deployment types: 

  • Public Cloud: Third parties run and own public clouds, which provide computing resources, like servers and storage, over the internet. Public cloud providers own and manage all hardware, software, and other infrastructure. With the public cloud, you can access and manage cloud services via the web. The public cloud is best for running web servers and endpoints. 
  • Private Cloud: Private clouds are cloud computing resources used by only one company. On-site data centers can host private clouds, though some companies use third-party providers. With a private cloud, you receive the benefits of a public cloud, including self-service, scalability, and elasticity. You also gain control and customization over the cloud. The private cloud is suitable for storing confidential data. Your data will stay safe and private on the private networks.  
  • Hybrid Cloud: In a hybrid cloud environment, data and apps are shared between public and private clouds. You can easily move data and apps between private and public clouds, allowing you increased flexibility. You will also find better security, compliance, and infrastructure with the hybrid cloud.
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A fourth deployment model has begun to gain traction among organizations:  

  • Multi-Cloud: This model leverages cloud computing services (storage, computing, and applications) from multiple cloud providers. A multi-cloud model relies on more than one public cloud provider, but it can also use a hybrid cloud. For example, a company can store sensitive data on its servers and use one public cloud provider for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and a second provider for software-as-a-service (SaaS).  

So, how should you decide which cloud deployment model is right for your organization? 

To determine the cloud computing deployment model that best suits your needs, you must evaluate your list of unique requirements. You shouldn’t have to compromise and pick one model, though. Many companies combine different models to access the varying benefits.  

For example, public clouds might be cheaper, as they have no capital expenses. Private clouds, though, involve capital expenditures, but they are still cheaper than owning and maintaining on-premises infrastructure.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Below are some questions to consider when deciding which cloud deployment model is best for you:

  • What are your main purposes and objectives for adopting cloud computing?
  • Is price a motivating factor in your cloud decision?
  • What external factors are influencing your cloud decision?
  • What key performance indicators would you like to improve by using the cloud?
  • What proprietary data do you own, and what regulations do you need to comply with?
  • Which departments would be using cloud services the most?
  • What workloads would cloud adoption affect?
  • Which third parties (clients, partners, vendors) would your move to the cloud impact?
  • Are you concerned about cloud vendor lock-in? 
  • What obstacles do you expect with cloud adoption?

Once you have answered these questions, you will have a stronger foundation for comparing the above models to see which best addresses your needs.

Synopsys Can Be Your Guide

Synopsys can guide you in your selection of cloud computing deployment models for your chip design and verification projects. We offer several cloud options, including an all-inclusive SaaS model and a bring-your-own-cloud (BYOC) approach that supports the main public cloud providers.

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