On prem servers V Cloud servers, what’s it all about and which do I need?
Pete Walklate, Service Desk Engineer, Fabric IT
You may have heard of virtual servers and on-premise servers, but do you know which one you should choose when the time comes to replace your ageing infrastructure?
It’s a bit like renting a car, should I invest all my hard-earned cash in a depreciating asset? Lots of people would tell you no, and that renting is the way forward. They will tell you it’s the most hassle-free way of running a car. All maintenance, road tax etc. can be incorporated into that cost.
Those on the other side of the fence will tell you that the cheapest way to run a car is by purchasing one out-right and running it into the ground.
So what is the difference?
On-prem servers V cloud servers are very similar. Why would you want to invest your capital, into a depreciating asset? OK, because it works out cheaper in the long run, but does it? A server running your business is like a car, except a vehicle gets you from A to B, if you’re not bothered on how you get there, does it matter how you get there, so long as you get there?
A server is different; it is one of the critical components of your business; it does matter how you get there. If your server is old and not performing as well as it used to, then this is having a detrimental effect on your business. Employees productivity decreases, as they sit there waiting for files to open or programs/applications to respond, it can even have an impact on morale. All of this is costing the business money.
Virtual or cloud computers do work out more expensive in the long run, but when you have peace of mind knowing that the server is always running the latest Operating System, security patches and most recent versions of software, then the price is justifiable.
It is easy to upgrade cloud servers, and there are no expensive hardware costs. They’re easier to back-up, more useful for remote working, which is becoming more prevalent in today’s world. It also allows your employees to work from anywhere.
Before you jump to a cloud server, there are things to consider. If you use large files like CAD drawings or graphical images, then you maA y be better using an on-premise server. Files will be significantly larger, so it’s better to access these locally, rather than with internet connection.
What are the drawbacks?
Like with any ‘cloud computing’ set up, connectivity is king. If all your employees are based in the office and don’t work remotely, then a local server may be more beneficial to your business. A local server will also be more appropriate if you have poor internet connectivity.
Some applications your business use, may not be compatible in a cloud environment, so this should be taken into consideration as well.