Different Cloud Environments:

Which Is Best For You?

Companies across all industries and of all sizes are looking to migrate to the cloud. If you’re exploring the right cloud options for your organization, this infographic provides a high-level overview of the six basic choices for cloud environments, and the main advantages and disadvantages of each.

As you will see, there is no one-size-fits-all cloud solution. Depending on your needs, one type of environment may be more beneficial than another.

Among the many considerations a company must analyze when selecting a cloud environment are cost, data security, speed, maintenance cost, capital investment, scalability, and compliance. You should also consider if you need cloud services consultants to help you devise and implement the right cloud strategy to meet your business objectives.

Single Cloud

Definition: A single cloud provider is used for all applications.

Advantages: Simplified IT management, less redundancy

Disadvantages: Vendor lock-in, data security, or overall performance may be lacking for some applications


Definition: Applications are spread across several cloud environments, using multiple vendors.

Advantages: Not reliant on a single vendor, cost-effective, maximizes performance and security for each application

Disadvantages: Complex IT management

Public Cloud

Definition: Cloud hardware, storage, and network are shared by multiple organizations.

Advantages: Pay-per-use, no capital expenditure, minimal maintenance, simplified IT management

Disadvantages: Provides the least amount of control

Private Cloud

Definition: Cloud hardware, storage, and network are dedicated to a single organization.

Advantages: Tight control, strong compliance, and security, highly customizable

Disadvantages: Capital cost, maintenance, complex IT management

Distributed Cloud

Definition: Distributes public cloud services to multiple physical locations.

Advantages: Works well with edge computing, fast and reliable distribution of data, efficient for large data volume

Disadvantages: Complex IT management, capital cost, maintenance costs


Definition: Applications are divided between public and private clouds.

Advantages: Tight control on critical applications, economical for less sensitive ones, easily scalable

Disadvantages: Complex IT management, different standards for application