Planning and implementing your IT infrastructure is one of the most crucial decisions you will make for your business. With the increase in global data center traffic, how and where businesses store their data has become more important than ever. There are several options to manage and store data and applications, with two common services that businesses often struggle choosing between: Colocation vs. Cloud
The main difference between colocation and the cloud is the way the data is stored and managed. With colocation you have physical assets versus the virtual assets of the cloud. Typically, with colocation you lease a secured space in a in a data center facility with power, cooling, and connectivity, while retaining full ownership and complete control of your equipment, including physically maintaining the hardware. This involves the largest capital expenditures and sourcing efforts from your team.
With cloud hosting, you rent the equipment, space, and manpower to manage it and keep it running. One of the key benefits of the cloud is cost-effectiveness, no upfront costs are involved. Services are being provided to businesses on-demand, meaning you only pay for what you use.
Which solution is right for my business?
Today’s data management and IT infrastructure strategies are not an either/or decision between cloud or colocation. Utilizing cloud computing and colocation together can provide you a complete package that suits your IT needs and gives you more control over cost, security, and scaling. A hybrid data center infrastructure brings together best of all worlds i.e., cloud, virtualization, hardware, and colocation – and allows businesses to benefit from both on-premise and cloud solutions.
Check out our blog post on: What is a hybrid Cloud Environment?
With the security and control of a dedicated on-premises infrastructure or private cloud and with the flexibility and scalability of the public cloud. Colocation can help businesses realize the many benefits of hybrid cloud, as it provides the best environment to ensure high-quality connectivity between on-premises infrastructure and private and public clouds.
Still not sure about cloud or colocation for your infrastructure? Check out our recent infographic on the benefits and advantages for Colocation and Dedicated Services. Click here to read.
Determining which applications are best suited for your business, whether it may be colocation, or cloud. Keeping mind what the requirements and security measures you need for your business(needs) to create the most effective and efficient infrastructure for your business.
Whatever the case, Netrouting is here to help you make the right decision for your business needs. Our experts are happy to assess your business needs with you to help improve your business’ IT infrastructure. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 (0)88 270 02 00