Cloud Server vs On-Site Server
Depending on your business needs, you may be thinking if it makes sense for your business to have cloud servers or on-site servers. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages and it is important to understand what the right choice is for your business.
The two options have very different cost structures which is something to take into account when making a decision. To help you determine the best choice for your business, eTor Networks has compiled some pros and cons for each option to guide you in your decision making process.
One of the most important benefits for many businesses going with cloud-based servers is that you don’t have to invest in purchasing and maintaining the hardware. In addition to the low start-up costs, cloud servers are also scalable to the changing needs your business.
The fee structure for many cloud servers is based on a pay-as-you-go model, so you are only paying for the service and storage that you are using. This provides your business with flexibility when it comes to cost.
Finally, cloud servers provide you with the benefit of back-up redundancy. This means that your information will be safe in the case of any data failures or losses, as well as equipment issues. The downside to a cloud-based server is that your bandwidth may be limited and/or expensive. If you are constantly moving around and transferring large files, it may be costly and take a bit longer than in-house servers. Depending on your network speeds and size of the files being moved, you may notice slower performance.
Some businesses feel that they must be in complete control of their data. However, cloud servers provide state-of-the art security and users are given the same access to their data that would be available with in-house servers.
The primary benefit of a dedicated in-house server is that you have full control over your system allowing you to setup system that meets your exact network’s needs. Initially when you setup the server you will have a large amount of space to operate and additional space is fairly inexpensive. Bandwidth is traditionally cheaper and you may experience faster performance overall. Your system provides you with the room to grow while your business is growing rather steadily. Although you may have set the server to your specific needs, there is little room for growth and expansion once it is at capacity. Any additional expansion requires investment in new equipment, which will increase your operating costs. Setting up the ideal environment for your on-site servers is another additional expense. Servers need a certain type of environment to function at peak performance. Battery backups and air conditioning units are typically needed to keep servers running at peak performance. You are also assuming the risk of hardware failures and unless you have an alternative back-up there is the possibility for loss of data. Dedicated servers traditionally have higher up-front costs because you’re paying for the maximum server capabilities possible.
Overall, cloud servers provide businesses with lower IT costs, greater flexibility and scalability as compared to on-site servers.
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• Law Firms- Ranging from single lawyers, all the way to firms with 100+ lawyers.
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