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Deconstructing the differences between ‘Community Cloud’ and ‘Public Cloud’ software

April 10, 2015   By: Adam Edmondson

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There’s essentially two types of cloud applications a recruitment agency can utilise: ‘community cloud’ and ‘public cloud’.


Community cloud definition

The community cloud’ is a solution which is managed by one software vendor who has built the whole application from the ground up, and whose only customers are those that would specifically use their application – hence the term community.

It’s a highly specialised solution and every single part of it has been built by the vendor to suit the exact requirements of their user base (community).


Public cloud definition

‘Public cloud’ solutions, such as Salesforce.com and Google are an open platform accessible to anyone and available for individuals to create tailored applications.

The ‘public ‘cloud’ is a solution which has a significant component of the application built to serve the needs of customers across multiple industries and is done so on a large scale.

They have built a huge infrastructure that may have hundreds of thousands, or even millions of users globally.

To meet the needs of such a massive user base, they have a huge amount of money and resources invested in constantly evolving and improving the application. The demands of such a large user base ensures the vendor is highly responsive and cutting edge.

There are of course differences between what ‘community cloud’ and ‘public cloud’ offer, however what is a pro or a con is ultimately determined by reviewing each in the context of your end objectives.

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