When choosing a cloud computing service for your business, the two main options are: public or private cloud.

Now while a public cloud offers its own positives and negatives for customers, this article will focus on the advantages and disadvantages you have to take into consideration for private cloud computing compared to its public counterpart.


  • High level of security: With any form of cloud computing, you are outsourcing your data. As a result, you have to rely on the service provider to keep your data secure at all times. With a private cloud, there is an extra level of security offered – perfect for companies with sensitive and confidential data.
  • Greater performance: As there is no sharing with other users, there is a greater level of performance when using a private cloud service. This means that transfer rates will be improved dramatically in comparison.
  • More control: With all of the hardware on-site, a company can have a much greater degree of control with their data. From gaining a complete oversight of the data with constant monitoring to being able to customize hardware, control is one of the major positives of a private cloud.


  • Higher costs: In comparison to a public cloud, a private cloud is more expensive. Not only does a company have to invest in hardware, but they also need to hire personnel that will maintain the cloud and ensure it remains running at all times.
  • Maintenance: As private cloud hosting takes place at the site of the company, many maintenance-related things have to be considered. There needs to be enough power, cooling facilities, avoiding physical damage (power surge, water damage, fire etc.), and so on.