Community cloud. The cloud infrastructure is shared by several organizations and supports a specific community that has shared concerns (e.g., mission, security requirements, policy, and compliance considerations). It may be managed by the organizations or a third party and may exist on premise or off premise.
Community Cloud Examples
- Vertical, coming together to create new common Services (web or business), SaaS applications or BaaS processes that are shared by the community.
- A business customer and their partners/customers coming to optimize their business.
- A consortium coming together to leverage common resources and purchasing power.
- An internal shared IT organization that provides services to different business units or companies within their overall internal organization.
Benefits. These are the same benefits that are covered in Cloud Value Proposition. In addition, a Community Cloud essentially has the same benefits as a Hybrid Cloud, but those benefits are only available to the community members.
Risks/Considerations. These are the sames risks identified in Cloud Risks. In addition, a Community Cloud essentially has the same risks as a Hybrid Cloud, but those risks are contained to the community members.