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Public Cloud

Data storage and computing done in a data center, through a service offered by a cloud service provider, and accessed on the public Internet.


A public cloud is the term used to describe when data storage and computing is done in a data center and offered by a third-party commercial service provider—a cloud service provider such as from AWS (Amazon), Google, Microsoft Azure. The service is accessed through the public Internet.

The downside is the service may not be considered as secure as having all the computing done onsite or in a private cloud. The upside is companies do not need to make additional equipment investments to get storage and computing.