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The Pros and Cons of Cloud vs. In-House Servers 

When your business needs to decide which server is best for your business, there is a lot of information to consider. The two most popular options include in house servers (sometimes called dedicated servers) and cloud servers. While they perform similar basic functions to store, share and protect information and data, there are key differences in user experience, implementation time and cost.

 
If your business has outgrown the in house server and you want to replace or upgrade it, now may be a good time to consider moving to a cloud server OR If your business is expanding to different locations or countries, adopting cloud technology from the start may be a better option than an in house server. 

Choosing an in-house, cloud or hybrid solution is largely dependent on the operations, goals and capabilities of your business.  

For example, a company that wants easy access to data anywhere there’s an internet connection, without the concern of upgrading server infrastructure will be satisfied with a cloud server option.

 

Organizations that want to keep critical data in-house with no 3rd party access available, as well as have full control over the physical server itself will likely choose an in-house server.  

For organizations that want a mix of both do so for a number of reasons.

 

First, they may have legacy applications that need to stay on an onsite server, while the rest of the data is saved to the cloud. Hybrid also provides an offset so that the company can continue using an investment in hardware while migrating the rest to the cloud for a transition. Finally, for some organizations, the transition cannot be made at once, so space in a cloud environment is purchased to begin the transition. 

The Pros of In-House Servers Include: 

  • Having physical control over your back up 

  • Being able to keep critical data and information in-house with no 3rd party access available 

  • No requirement for an Internet connection to access the data 

  • Can be more cost-effective for some small and medium businesses 

The Cons of In-House Servers Include: 

  • Sizeable capital investment required for infrastructure and hardware 

  • Dedicated IT support required with a dedicated space needed for the in house server 

  • Being more susceptible to data loss during disaster situations. This will be dependent on how often data is stored securely offsite. 

  • No recovery time or uptime guarantees 

 

The Pros of Cloud Servers Include: 

  • No requirement capital expenses or onsite hardware. This usually suits organizations that outgrow data storage quickly. 

  • Storage can be easily added when needed with most cloud solution providers charging you only what you need. 

  • Easy and efficient to backup and restore from anywhere, using any device including computers, tablets, or smartphones. 

  • Data losses can be minimized by having data backed up to the cloud as regularly as 15-minute intervals. 

The Cons of Cloud Servers Include: 

  • If your business isn’t dependent on uptime and instant data recovery, the costs could outweigh the benefits. 

  • There is a limit to how much data can be stored in the cloud, which depends on cost and storage availability. 

  • You will have no access to any data or information if the Internet goes down at your business or at the cloud provider’s side. 

  • If full data recovery is required, it can be time-consuming and impact heavily on your business. 

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