When businesses need to decide on the best data and information storage solutions, the two most popular options include in-house or dedicated servers, and cloud servers. While both perform similar basic functions of storing, sharing and protecting information and data, differences include user experience, implementation time and cost.
Examine some of the pros and cons of cloud vs in-house to determine which option is right for your business:
What are the pros and cons of in-house servers for businesses?
Businesses that rely on uptime due to online transactions may opt for cloud servers and in-house servers would be a better choice for those businesses not dependent on uptime. In addition to considering the pros and cons of in-house servers, it is important to have a business continuity plan should the server fail. Although in-house servers can require substantial initial capital investment for software and equipment, and a dedicated IT manager to maintain it, historically, small and medium businesses have preferred them over cloud servers because they have total control over their data.
The pros of in-house servers
- Physical control over backups. For some businesses, the idea of giving up physical control of a server is not an option. Some business environments demand immediate access to the physical server and hosting it in-house is the best option for them
- No 3rd party access and keeping critical data and information in-house. Businesses dealing with certain types of sensitive data (medical, government, financial) are required by regulatory and compliance laws to use in-house servers and may not use the cloud
- No Internet connection needed to access the data
- Many workloads are processed faster and more efficiently in-house, especially High-Performance Computing demands high computing power and storage requirements of a server