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Cloud vs In-House Servers

Introduction:

Cloud computing refers to the use of storage and other IT resources remotely without having the need of owning these resources. Cloud servers are also a part of such resources. In-house servers are defined as the physical servers that are hosted within your organization.[1]  The major distinction between the cloud and the in-house servers is that you cannot monitor the working of a [2] cloud server because you are not the one who owns it whereas you can monitor an in-house server all the time because it is deployed in your own organization. [3] In this article, we will talk about the pros and cons of cloud and in-house servers, whether[4]  your business needs cloud servers or in-house servers and finally.[5] 

Pros and Cons of Cloud Server:

Following are the most important benefits of cloud servers:

➢        Cost efficiency.

➢        High flexibility and scalability.

➢        Your data is redundantly stored, which prevents data loss.

➢        No server maintenance is required since you do not own the cloud servers.

Following are the disadvantages of cloud servers:

  • Limited control over the data.
  • You cannot access the cloud servers if you have a bad Internet connection.
  • You share the cloud resources with other customers, which can affect the performance efficiency.
  • You need to pay a handsome amount in order to get a good bandwidth.

Pros and Cons of In-House Servers:[6] 

Following are the pros of in-house servers:[7] 

➢        You have full physical control over your servers.

➢        It provides a high level of data security.

➢        You do not have to rely on the Internet connection to access your servers.

➢        The in-house servers provide you with a better performance because they are dedicated to your organization.[8] [9] [10] [11] 

Following are the cons of in-house servers:[12] 

●       High installation and maintenance costs.

●       In-house servers are not scalable and if they do scale up, they are very costly.[13] 

●       Data loss in case of server failure

●       Complex temperature management of the servers.

Cloud vs In-House Servers:[14] 

Many people these days talk about whether cloud servers are suitable for their business or the in-house servers. [15] We cannot certainly say if the cloud is better or the in-house servers. [16] It depends upon the context of use. Every IT company has its own set of rules and regulations. For example, there is a company A that cannot compromise on data security whereas there is a company B that needs a cost-effective solution for its business. In this situation, the company A should go for the in-house servers whereas the company B should choose cloud servers. [17] However, there are times when you want a mixture of the benefits provided by the cloud and the in-house servers so, you can go for the hybrid solution that provides some facilities of the cloud servers and possesses some traits of the in-house servers.[18] [19] [20]

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