Upcoming Gigaom event: public, private or hybrid? Or, does it matter?


The prevailing wisdom is that the cloud is the default, cheaper deployment option for new enterprise workloads. But what cloud delivery model do you choose? Private, public, hybrid or something else?

The debate around the value of the public and private cloud has raged since 2008, and thus far there are no clear winners. Indeed, most enterprises are going for both, leveraging hybrid or multicloud architectures to hedge their cloud computing bets. However, they could just be kicking the cloud computing can down the road, with one model eventually winning out over the other.

Those who argue for public clouds, like Structure speaker Stephen Felisan, the VP of Engineering and Operations at Edmunds.com, say that the public cloud is best. You don’t have to continually spring for hardware and software, and you only pay for the IT services you use. What’s more, security and reliability concerns are no longer an issue in 2014, and public cloud brands such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft carry a lot of weight.

On the private side of the debate we have Structure speaker Anthony Skinner, the CTO at Moz. Skinner argues that private clouds are the most cost-effective approach cloud and has the data points to prove it. What’s more, considering privacy and compliance issues, private clouds could be your only choice.

Meet them both and join the debate at Structure, June 18 and 19 in San Francisco.

However, both could be arguing the extreme. The growth of hybrid and multicloud computing seems to be the path that most enterprises are taking. The ability to leverage best-of-breed clouds, both public and private, allows enterprises to build up a huge number of valuable cloud services quickly. Cloud services that can be mixed and matched quickly into business solutions provide the value of both agility and time to market to the business.

On which side do you land in this debate? Join moderator David Mytton, the founder and CEO at Server Density, who will drive the discussion around the pros and cons of each approach.

Register here by June 1 and save $100.

–David Linthicum

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