How Data Centers Stay Relevant Following the Rise of Cloud Services
So, aside from the cloud living in a datacenter… there are a host of other reasons data centers will always be relevant to business
Data centers continue to be a powerful, reliable workhorse for businesses worldwide, maintaining an important role working in tandem with functionality-overlapping cloud services. According to Forbes, the cloud offers companies transformative opportunities that can change how businesses operate. However, data centers have advantages over a cloud-only operation that help them maintain relevance in the wake of new approaches to the same problems.
The Cost of Business
Cloud services are an excellent option for many smaller-scale business implementations requiring a handful of servers and straight-forward backup operations. However,
According to InfoWorld’s research, the savings associated with the “pay only for what you use” approach to cloud services evaporates and eventually ends up costing more as a business’s demands grow. Data centers still offer cost savings for large-scale deployments.
Larger-Scale Data Handling
Going with a data center offers substantial benefits for a business when it comes to storing and moving massive amounts of data. While a business only pays for what storage and bandwidth it uses when operating through cloud services, adding terabytes of additional storage to your data center infrastructure and data transferring costs are relatively inexpensive with data centers. Data centers are also helpful in cloud-hybrid business configurations for facilitating migration between cloud services.
On-site implementations are not contingent on the Internet and cloud servers to function. Data centers offer a solution where the business takes ownership of uptime responsibility: if the servers are overloaded it’s on the business, and not someone else’s fault.
According to the Harvard Business Review, it’s common for IT experts to argue that a “well-managed on-premise” data center is a more stable option than outsourcing through crowd services. While the service is technically still working, a business can’t access cloud services if Internet service is down, creating an additional dependency.
While improving, cloud services still encounter the occasional service hiccup. NetworkWorld found that Amazon’s Web Services lead the pack in 2014 for least amount of downtime, clocking in at just 2.41 hours while Microsoft’s Azure service came in with a total of 39.77 hours of downtime.
Cloud services tend to utilize the latest, most efficient technology available to host your business’s data and services. Using more modern hardware infrastructure is a cost savings as far as efficiency is concerned and offers better performance with fewer horizontal implementations. However, the latest and greatest hardware runs the risk of being incompatibility with older, tried-but-true, software. If a business is running software that no longer works on the latest hardware, running that same functionality on a cloud platform can become an incredibly expensive endeavor. If legacy software support is not available, the business will either have to re-write the software to operate on new hardware or move to a new software platform. Switching software platforms may incur expensive migration costs while the previous solution already worked well enough.
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