An on-site server gives you physical control over your server and it can be developed to meet the specific needs of your business. It also keeps critical data in-house. However, the initial cost to set up the server and the cost of maintaining it are sizable. Plus, you’ll be entirely responsible for paying for IT support whenever you may need it, which can make budgeting a nightmare.
When you move to a Cloud server, your on-site investment is negligible, you’ll enjoy enhanced scalability over an in-house server and it’s great for business with several virtual workers. You must have a strong, reliable Internet connection and you’ll have to budget for monthly hosting fees. Additionally, you must feel comfortable giving up control of data security, but there are trusted options out there to take care of this for you.
So should you go the traditional route and use an in-house server (or upgrade the one you have) or subscribe to a Cloud server? As with many business solutions, the answer depends on your business’ specific needs and budget. And while the Cloud has captured media buzz, according to a 2013 study by research firm Colmar Brunton, only 16 percent of small and medium business operators (SMEs) surveyed use Cloud computing. However, those SMEs that embrace the Cloud were over 100 percent more likely to enjoy increased revenue over the past year than those who didn’t.
So what are your thoughts? Are you satisfied with an in-house structure or are you reaching for the Cloud?