Office Server Or Cloud. Many Choose A Mix Of Both
The biggest decision is whether to have a cloud-based or in-house server infrastructure. While it may sound like a black-or-white selection, there are many things to consider. The first factor is how important uptime is to your business. Cloud solutions can be more expensive than an in-house server, but the benefits of being in the cloud can far outweigh the costs for some businesses. For example, an online business that is reliant on web-based transactions will consider uptime an extremely important factor; therefore, they will likely be willing to pay more for a cloud-based solution that can guarantee a certain level of uptime. Other businesses not as dependent on uptime may be more suited to an in-house set up.
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Another option, a hybrid server model gives companies strong data security and a mix of both worlds. For example, with an Aussie Mobile PC Doctor tailored hybrid model, clients can back up their data to an onsite server as well as a cloud solution. Read more about backup solutions in our blog post, “Five key questions to ask about your backup solution”.
Here’s an example of a hybrid model. The client has an onsite server with local backup storage. Employees access their desktops, applications, files, printers, and email from the office using the local network. At the same time, data is backed up for redundancy to a cloud-based solution, and email is entirely in the cloud with Office 365. The cloud configuration also gives employees anywhere access to their desktops. applications, files, printers, and email. (Click the photo to enlarge it).
Choosing an in-house, cloud or hybrid solution is largely dependent on the operations, goals and capabilities of your business. For example, a company that wants easy access to data anywhere there’s an internet connection, without the concern of upgrading server infrastructure will be satisfied with a cloud server option. Organizations that want to keep critical data in house with no 3rd party access available, as well as have full control over the physical server itself will likely choose an in-house server. For organizations that want a mix of both do so for a number of reasons. First, they may have legacy applications that need to stay on an onsite server, while the rest of the data is saved to the cloud. Hybrid also provides an offset so that the company can continue using an investment in hardware while migrating the rest to the cloud for a transition. Finally, for some organizations, the transition cannot be made at once, so space in a cloud environment is purchased to begin the transition.
Either way – cloud, in-house, or hybrid, Aussie Mobile PC Doctor can help you determine the right set up to meet your specific business needs.
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