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Whenever you hear about managed IT, there are a lot of terms to know. When you see the term colocation vs. cloud computing, it sounds like it’s a competition. The truth is that each type of computing has a place in different situations; and sometimes a business may develop a strategy that uses both types of computing to provide the best solution for their IT challenges.
Let’s start by defining the terms colocation and cloud computing. Colocation describes a situation where you locate your physical IT infrastructure in a space that you rent in a third-party data center. The data center provides power, cooling, connectivity, security, and network and hardware maintenance. You own and maintain control over the hardware and software.
Cloud computing describes a situation where the cloud host maintains its own data centers and you locate your software to run on those servers. In effect, rather than renting physical space for your hardware, you’re renting virtual space to run your programs.
You may choose data center colocation services for a number of reasons. For example, the numbers come out in favor of colocation. It’s less expensive to share a data center than to maintain your own. There are other reasons why you would choose colocation:
Cloud solutions are also attractive for many reasons. In general, migrating to the cloud removes all the cost and responsibility for purchasing, maintaining, and upgrading hardware. Other times when cloud computing make sense include:
When you look at colocation vs. cloud computing, you may find that some of your requirements will lead you in one direction or the other. But, you may also find that you should have some cloud applications and some business critical applications in a colocation environment where you have more control.
If the choices aren’t completely clear, the experts at Access One can help you develop the strategy that best suits your needs. Get in contact with our team.