I read a lot about cloud infrastructure being highly scalable with the ability to easily increase system resources as a business’s needs grow. This is correct but it isn’t unique to cloud-based systems.
Underneath all of the marketing hyperbole, on a technical level, all of the modern server deployments use the same virtualisation technology. From a technology point of view there is zero difference between a modern onsite server deployment and a cloud system.
The key differences are:
Financial: Leasing someone’s server resources versus buying your own.
Logistics: Hosting a server onsite versus hosting it in a data centre.
The rest of it is all marketing.
Cloud is hyped up all the time because from a provider point of view it’s a great business model – you rent out hardware resources for a monthly fee to clients instead of selling them hardware. So, as well as getting an ongoing fee for maintaining the system, providers also receive a fee for the client renting their resources.
At ClubIT, we give you a no-marketing-hype approach to cloud systems. Where there are distinct advantages to a cloud system, we will recommend it; where there are not, we will recommend your own infrastructure – just like leasing versus buying any other resource for your business there are always pros and cons, depending upon the circumstances.
Because of this, many of our clients typically end up with a hybrid approach – some systems make sense being in the cloud while others may not.
If you’re looking at new solutions and aren’t sure about whether a cloud or onsite solution is better, give us a call on 1300 788 874 and we can have a chat.