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Choosing Between Cloud And In-House Servers

Nov. 25, 2015 ⋅ Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure

In some ways, deciding how to run your data center applications is like choosing between buying and renting a house – one clearly has advantages over the other, but it doesn’t always suit your specific needs. There’s a lot to consider when deciding between renting space on a third-party cloud service or investing in your own hardware infrastructure. To help guide your choice, we’ve broken it down into some of the major concerns of big data environments.

What do you get with cloud computing?

One of the biggest names in cloud computing is Amazon EC2. It boasts cost savings, using a “pay for what you use” pricing model, security, control, and greater flexibility for deployment. However, a lot of these promises don’t hold up. The virtual cores used in cloud computing can’t offer the same application performance level as real cores, and because Amazon’s servers have dispersed locations, its users often experience latency issues – the solution for which costs more money.

That’s not to say that cloud computing isn’t useful at all. For start-ups with limited capital, unpredictable growth and business-to-consumer models, computing through a third-party cloud service could work for you. Additionally, cloud computing works for jobs that don’t require a lot of computer power or storage and don’t need to run for very long. If these don’t apply to you, your needs won’t be best handled by cloud computing and going that route can result in a huge waste of money for your business. For enterprises that operate on a business-to-business model or have established usage and predictable growth, running your server operations in-house is the best option for cost-effectiveness and efficiency.

How does security hold up?

Because Amazon is a big company, it’s also a big target for security breaches and attacks. This can lead to compromised data and information losses for your business. Because you have no control over security standards, you’re relying on Amazon’s security efforts, but these aren’t necessarily tailored to your needs or interests. Computer World explained that any application with high security requirements should be run in-house or on-premise.

Can you combine cloud and “hard metal” servers?

Choosing your big data server doesn’t have to be “all or nothing,” and sometimes it can make the most sense to combine both cloud and bare metal computing. For instance, you could use in-house servers for standard traffic and burst to a cloud for any additional resources. Sometimes the high cost and security issues that come with cloud computing are too much for companies, and this combination isn’t the best choice.

If you need a computing system that can keep up with the needs of your enterprise, contact PSSC Labs today. We can work with you to design a system that fits the unique needs of your organization.

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