5 October 2016

On-Site Servers: An Alternative to Cloud Storage?

On-Site Servers: An Alternative to Cloud Storage?

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You may be sold on the idea of cloud storage. But depending on your existing infrastructure and situation, you might want to consider on-site server installation as a more suitable and cost-friendly alternative.

It's inevitable that more and more people will harness the power of cloud computing as a convenient way to store and manager their data. But is it the right choice for your business - right now?

Cloud computing carries many advantages such as fast remote access and a low initial investment, but may not be right for everyone.

So, let's take a look at on-site servers as a current alternative.

Cloud computing isn't always the most affordable option. This insightful Forbes post by Gene Marks, written last year, shows that the cost and suitability of cloud vs on-site servers varies, depending entirely on the company and their individual circumstances. Indeed, Marks explains why many SMEs prefer on-site servers because in comparison, cloud storage is currently too expensive.

That may come as a surprise, given that most businesses operating outside of the technology industry are led to believe that cloud computing is cheaper and more efficient than on premise solutions.

Let's be clear: cloud computing can be cost-effective. But like everything in technology, that depends entirely on your company's individual circumstances.

So, back to on-site servers.

One drawback of the cloud is that if your Internet connection is down, you will lose access to the cloud service. Internal systems that operate over your network won't have this problem - unless of course they're Internet-based.

On-site or local servers are easily and readily accessible, and can be quickly backed- up to a networked device. They're typically more secure too, as everything is managed from one location and, given that the extensive use of virtualization in cloud computing can also bring along a number of risks.

As for cost, you may find that on premise servers are more cost-effective than cloud storage, given that there is a one-time investment that results in a lower monthly cost. You'll need an ongoing maintenance service that keeps your server running healthily - but those fees can be minimal compared with the per-user cost of cloud computing.

Another benefit is that your company owns the hardware asset, as opposed to leasing cloud 'space'.

Of course on-site servers aren't infallible. It's essential to keep them properly serviced to avoid faults or operational problems. Older or low-grade servers may cause your network to run slowly, and all servers have a high power consumption, which can impact on your energy consumption.

And, yes, buying a server upfront can be an expensive business. So it's up to you to decide whether the investment, ongoing maintenance and eventual replacement will off-set the cost of cloud storage (we can help you with that).

You might prefer a hybrid solution with only certain parts of your infrastructure in the cloud, which involves using your own on-site server in addition to cloud storage.

Ultimately, this is a topic that should never be taken lightly. It involves careful assessment of your business and the way you manage your IT services, and an understanding of the key technical solutions available. The one you choose should offer the best service and value for your business - both now and in the future.

Speak to the team at Landmark Technologies for consultative advice regarding on premise and cloud solutions. We'll help you to understand which option is best for your company, and deliver the correct technology infrastructure to match your business requirements. Contact us on on or call +44(0) 207 481 6808.

About the author


Carel has 15 years’ experience in managing and delivering IT services to the SME industry. His experience ranges from delivering complex IT products and services to advising clients on the best strategic technology solution.

Carel has worked with businesses across a variety of industries. He joined the Landmark Plc Group management team in 2011, re-structured the business’s IT department, and played an instrumental role in the launch of Landmark Technologies and its associated cutting-edge IT services for leading UK businesses.

Carel holds several technical qualifications, a first-class degree in Management and Accounting from Birkbeck College and a first-class MBA from Cass Business School.


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