As a colocation server hosting company, we provide our clients with the space and support they need to bring hardware and software online in our Fort Collins facility. However, we also provide our clients with cloud-based solutions. And while there are many benefits to using the cloud, as with any technology, there are drawbacks as well. We share some of the pros and cons of the cloud below.
- Zero infrastructure costs. When your processing power and storage capacity come from the cloud, you don’t need the servers and other hardware required to operate a network. You still need computers, of course, but the major cost of purchasing, operating, and maintaining your own IT infrastructure is gone.
- Low or zero additional start-up costs. In addition to not having to buy hardware, you may find that the software you need is available as part of the cloud contract.
- Scalability. With a cloud solution, you can get more resources simply by contacting your provider. This allows you to expand your operations quickly and easily. And, if you need to scale things back, it’s easy to do that as well.
- Pay-as-you-go model. With most cloud solutions, you pay for only the processing power or storage space that you need, nothing more.
- Service level agreements ensure uptime and problem resolution. What’s known as an SLA is an agreement between you and the provider. It says that they guarantee that their servers will be operational a certain (typically very high) percentage of the time. It may also specify that problems will be resolved in a certain amount of time.
- Minimized environmental impact. As with a colocation server hosting situation, it tends to be more efficient for one provider to make a bank of servers available to many clients rather than each of those clients having to power and cool their own devices.
- Higher operating costs. With a cloud solution, you don’t pay for infrastructure, but you do pay on a regular basis for the service you receive. In some cases, that can mean you pay more in the long run.
- Greater reliance on others. Even with SLAs in place, you are still dependent on another company for your computing capability.
- The risk of being required to use vendor-provided systems. In some environments, you may only have access to the applications that the provider prefers.
- Security and privacy risks. Putting your data somewhere outside your control comes with a certain amount of risk.
- Access issues. If your data is in the cloud and your internet connection is interrupted, you do not have access to it until that issue is resolved.
The More You Know...
Ultimately, the more you know about the pluses and minuses of cloud solutions, the better prepared you are to decide if or how to utilize them. If you have questions about our cloud solutions, colocation server hosting, or other services, please get in touch using the Contact Us form. You can also stop by our facility or call us at 800-935-6527.