Enterprise Hardware versus Private Cloud
Many companies are in a dilemma regarding if they should replace their aging equipment or take the next step and embrace the cloud. Regardless of what is decided the first step is to virtualize your environment if it is not already virtualized.
What are the things you need to know when deciding if to purchase on premise equipment? There are many things that may seem minor or abstract when thinking about a new server but you have to make sure they are all covered when deciding or comparing cost.
So you decided to replace your server with the newest model, what’s next?
First you will need to size your server based on your company’s growth and the number of years you plan on keeping the equipment. You may not need to buy all of the disks and RAM etc. initially but you have verify the equipment is capable of handling the projected upgrades.
How about the surrounding infrastructure? If you are replacing the server what about the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) or the Cooling unit do they need replacing? Probably they do, what about licensing? I have heard great things about the new Microsoft Windows Server OS but does your IT department have the training to work within the new OS environment? Oh, I almost forgot who is doing this migration are you equipped to take on this task by yourself? Are you going to virtualize the environment? You probably should but what are you going to use to virtualize the IT environment? VMware is very popular but the licenses are pretty pricey or do you go with Hyper-V which is cheaper but is relatively new. These are just a few of things that you need to thing about when you are deciding on getting a new server.
What about the benefits? One of the benefits your company may enjoy depending on your budgetary model is your OpEx cost may reduce but your CapEx will take a hit when procuring the new equipment. Depending on your company’s business model this can be a good thing. In general, the latency is smaller connecting to a server would be faster with on premise equipment. You own the equipment and there is no shared infrastructure.
Going to a Private Cloud solution is probably the step most companies would decide to take. It is a bit more expensive but the security and management is far superior to a commodity cloud. Firstly, if you decide to go this route what would you need at the office? There is little equipment required and you should have most of it in place already. What is needed at your office, a Firewall which you should have already for network security, a VPN, probably already in place if you ever tried to connect to the server from home. A switch is standard for most businesses as well as a Static IP. Lastly of course you will need a high-speed internet connection.
It doesn’t matter what the final decision is as long as it makes sense for your business. SA clients are varied in size and structure, some have on premise equipment, other clients IT environment are in SA’s cloud and others have a hybrid solution. System Architects’ Private Cloud Hosting and Outsourced IT Services can work with you to decide what is best for your company and also help design, migrate and manage whatever solution you decide.
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