With the natural progression of technology and the release of updated and better products on a regular basis, business owners often find themselves in a dilemma – which technology is best for my business? One of the biggest tech decisions to make is location of servers, having to choose between hosted cloud servers and the traditional on-site physical servers. This is not always an easy decision to make.
At SEBS, we regularly receive a number of questions and enquiries from businesses who are baffled by the options available and the associated technological jargon.
To help you, this article will outline the advantages and disadvantages of the two server options; Cloud servers, and Physical servers (whether dedicated or shared), to help you make the right decision.
Cloud server hosting overcomes the limitations of a physical server. Services like e-mail, file data and phone systems can be hosted online without being reliant on a single server.
- Agility: Your employees can connect to resources easily from any location.
- Ease of use: With Cloud computing, you can access documents or data from any device or operating system
- Flexibility and configuration: Cloud servers can provide control, performance and security all in one package.
- Save bandwidth: Cloud servers offer the ability to send any stored data as a web link rather than sharing files via email. Therefore, you will be able to preserve a great deal of your channel bandwidth.
- Data backup: Cloud servers automatically backup your data and offer effective disaster recovery solutions if you were to accidentally delete important files.
- Cost effective: Not only does Cloud computing help reduce your electricity bills as there is no use of local electrical power, you could also save money compared to traditional servers, dependent on the data capacity.
- The main drawback is connectivity. Unfortunately, if you lose internet/network connection, you may not be able to access your resources.
- The physical location of your data is not always clear, especially with the global cloud businesses. Utilising a UK based cloud offering means you can ensure that you are compliant and keep data within the UK/Europe.
Since the emergence of Cloud computing, physical servers have decreased in popularity, but they are still a viable choice for a business. Rather than hosting data online, physical servers are dedicated computers which can be for either private or shared use.
- Data Sovereignty, your IT systems are in your location and you can physically access the infrastructure.
- Access Speed – You’ll have the fastest possible connection speed when accessing servers locally Many physical servers can be consolidated onto one system by using virtualisation, thus reducing power and maintenance costs. This could a show saving over Cloud Servers depending on the size of your infrastructure.
- Maintenance: With physical servers, any maintenance and updating concerns are your responsibility, although with the right IT team in place this is mitigated
- Physical servers require space including racks and other network peripherals.