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What is the Public Cloud?

Published on November 30, 2020 · Updated on December 8, 2020
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By Erin Glass
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What is the Public Cloud?

The public cloud refers to cloud services (such as virtual machines, storage, or applications) offered publicly by a commercial provider to businesses and individuals. Public cloud resources are hosted on the commercial provider’s hardware, which users access through the internet. This differs from a private cloud, in which computing infrastructure is owned and operated by a single organization for its internal use.

The public cloud is not always suitable for organizations in highly-regulated industries, such as healthcare or finance, as public cloud environments may not comply with industry regulations regarding customer data.

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