In-House Or Cloud – which is right for your infastructure?

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Many companies are debating whether in-house servers are still a better choice than cloud servers. Cloud servers have become an effective and powerful commercial data storage platform. There are pros and cons to both in-house and cloud servers that must be considered carefully.

Cloud Server Infrastructure

There are substantial benefits to having a cloud server infrastructure. With a cloud server, companies save on upfront hardware costs. Large companies and companies that are likely to expand will likely outgrow the size of their in house servers. Cloud server users can scale and upgrade easily, as cloud server companies have the capacity to host the largest companies in the world. Companies with in-house servers will be forced to continually upgrade their server size in order to give their users good connection speeds.

With cloud servers, you only pay for the features and data storage you use.

Your company’s employees can access your data from anywhere in the world with a cloud server infrastructure. Because of this, the company can expect staff to complete work from their own computers.

Cloud-based service update data storage on average every 10-20 minutes, so the risk of losing data is greatly minimized.
The downside to cloud-based servers is the security risk. These third party companies can access your data anytime they want. You have to place your trust in the company taking care of your data.

In-House Infrastructure

With in-house servers, your company has total control of the server. No other companies will see or touch your data. This can be really important for some companies.

The downside to in-house infrastructure is the large upfront costs that come with investing in the physical hardware. Once you purchase the hardware, you’ll need a server room or closet with room for server racks and patch panels. A company with in-house servers will need an in-house IT support staff to maintain it on a regular basis, which adds to the overall cost.With an in-house server, you don’t need any internet to access the storage. You can be offline and still operational, but if something bad happens to the building your company is in imminent danger of total data loss.

There’s no way to ensure connection speeds when working on your own physical server, so if the company isn’t dependent on a fast uptime speed it can be more cost effective to own a simple in-house server infrastructure.

Best of Both Worlds

There are definite positives and negatives to both cloud-based infrastructures and in-house servers. Which one you choose will depend on the size of your business, the need for uptime speed, the amount of money that can be spent on initial investment, and the level of security risk the company is willing to take with its data.

Ultimately, a hybrid approach to data infrastructure is best. Keeping a cloud backup of your infrastructure will hedge your company against risk, while an in-house server will keep your data close and accessible with or without the internet.

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