You know what a cloud is, right? Of course, right. So why is it so much trouble to determine how you want to deploy your cloud? I don't know, but I get asked all the time, so here is my quick and dirty method for determining what kind of cloud you'll need.

Let's start with the basics. No matter what kind of cloud you have, the servers and virtual machines (VMs) it runs on have to live somewhere. It's where those CPUs run that determines the three fundamental types of clouds. A public cloud runs on servers at a third-party's data center or centers. A private one runs on your servers at your data center. And a hybrid runs its services on both pu ...

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