Should You Store Servers Onsite or Switch to Cloud Computing?
More and more people are taking an interest in cloud computing every day, but many of them don't fully understand what cloud computing is. Basically, when you store data in the cloud, you can access it from any device with an internet connection, and there are more benefits to cloud computing than just that. Nevertheless, many small to medium-sized business still operate with onsite servers, often wasting cash needlessly in the process.
At SpecTronics, we're well-established telecommunications and IT services providers and consultants based in Wimbledon, and we have satisfied clients across London and the UK. We're more than happy to explain cloud computing over the phone, but to get you started, we've explained the primary differences between cloud computing and onsite servers below.
Onsite Servers: Pros and Cons
If you have dozens or even hundreds of employees using computers at work, you need them to be working on the same network and saving data in the same place, and onsite servers allow you to do just that. Plus, you can take full responsibility for the safety of your servers, maintain them to the best of your abilities, hold yourself accountable for problems, and access data from any computer that's connected to your servers.
However, maintaining servers is no simple task, and you'll likely have to hire a team of IT specialists for the job. Plus, should an unforeseen disaster affect your business, such as a flood or a fire, you could lose your servers and all the essential data stored on them. If your servers fail to establish an internet connection, the resulting downtime could harm your profits significantly, and if your business experiences rapid growth, you'll have to invest in additional hardware to deal with the extra workload.
Cloud Computing: Benefits and Drawbacks
Thanks to the rise of IT support companies offering cloud services, you don't need to maintain onsite servers regardless of how many employees you have. Plus, you can have your data saved on various servers in multiple datacentres to minimise the risk of data loss in the event of an emergency, though datacentres are among the most secure buildings in the world. Because you don't have onsite servers, you don't need to hire a team of IT specialists, and if your business grows, you can scale your operations quickly and easily.
In addition to being versatile, flexible and secure, cloud computing is often more affordable than storing servers at your location. However, you will still be vulnerable to downtime should you lose your internet connection, you'll have to trust somebody else with the security of your servers and data, and you'll have slightly less control over your IT operations.
Call the Experts at SpecTronics to Learn More about Cloud Computing
All things considered, we believe that most small to medium-sized businesses in London would benefit from migrating to the cloud, and we're here to make the process simple. Call us today on 03333 444 110 to learn more about the cloud and our product offering, or visit us in person at 8 Lombard Road, Wimbledon, SW19 3TZ.