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The Different Cloud Types: Hybrid & Community (Part 2)

Hey, welcome back! In Part 1 of this series of blog posts, we talked about the two common cloud types based on location. No, they’re not called stratus and cumulus. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, feel free to read that first and come back to this post right after. Here, we will talk about the two more cloud types.


Hey, welcome back! In Part 1 of this series of blog posts, we talked about the two common cloud types based on location. No, they’re not called stratus and cumulus. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, feel free to read that first and come back to this post right after. Here, we will talk about the two more cloud types.

Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud is simply a cloud setup that uses the first two cloud types—the public cloud and the private cloud. Now, why would anyone or any organization do that? The answer is simple. It is a way to harness the potentials and advantages of both cloud types. More often than not, the decision to use a hybrid cloud is highly a cost consideration.

As you may have read from the previous blog post, a private cloud is usually used by a large company. That’s because it is rather expensive. Hence, no small or medium organization can and will invest in that if they have more cost-efficient alternatives. In a future blog post, we shall delve deeper non-monetary considerations of using the different cloud types.

Community Cloud

A community cloud is another location-based cloud type that is a bit more complex to define. Suffice to know that this cloud type usually implies that the infrastructure is shared between a few organizations that have common interests such as a certain project, research, jurisdiction, security, compliance, etc.

This cloud service model could be located on and off the premises of the organizations just like the hybrid cloud. The only difference is that a hybrid cloud serves one organization, while the community cloud serves multiple organizations within a specific group with common computing concerns. An example could be a community cloud owned by the government of a single country, used by several government agencies.

So those are the two more complex location-based cloud types or definitions. If you have read the previous blog post, then you can name four types. And they are not stratus, cumulus, cirrus, and nimbus.

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