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Cloud, Onsite & Hybrid – Let us help you choose!

by Nick Holcombe | Aug 22, 2018

Over the last 25 years, we have seen many buzzwords come and go in the computer industry. Y2K, the .com boom, et cetera, et cetera. On each occasion our stance has been to look for the substance beneath the buzzword. The key to making the right selection for your business, as is the case with any technology, is analysing the pros and cons. 

When we hear blanket statements and a lot of IT marketing hype about Cloud computing being the “only way to go for all businesses” or that there is “no room for Cloud for businesses”, our sceptical ears are pricked. 

Some take the view that if you do not embrace certain technologies then you are old fashioned – that change for change’s sake is always good. However, not all new technologies (whilst often technically impressive) are necessarily more appropriate than traditional technologies.

As an aside, ironically, in the case of Cloud, we have all been using it in various guises for decades anyway – and moving to an extreme example, to those of us who were around at the time, similarities can be seen between the old centralised data processing bureaus and Cloud.

Cloud is fantastic for certain applications. However in some cases, on premises infrastructure will be the most efficient choice..

Increasingly, a hybrid of the two strands will provide the optimum solution. As time goes on and conditions change, the best choice of solution can change as well. It is worth considering medium term upcoming changes when making the selection of technology to make sure your solution doesn’t become dated in the short term.

The analysis should take into account upfront costs – as well as ongoing costs. The outcome of a comparison of the totals of both the upfront costs and the ongoing costs may come as a surprise as some solutions are clearly better financial value than others.

If you would like to read more on this topic please see this article in ARN Magazine:

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