The dependability on the internet has increased exponentially over the last decade alone, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. Worldwide, there are still more and more people being connected to the internet everyday and our hunger for data is growing. Whether that be watching shows on Netflix or using the services that you provide, one thing remains clear: if you’re not able scale your operations on time, then you may be too late before you know it.
How do you prepare for the unknown though? Sure, you can fill your data center with more hardware just to be ready, but that’s not really a sensible business decision. What if the newly acquired hardware remains dormant because your growth takes a bit more time to ramp up than projected?
Hardware is expensive, there’s just no way around that fact. So what can you do to still be able to scale seamlessly on demand, without coughing up capital investments. Enter cloud computing.
With cloud computing you make use of someone else’s hardware on a pay per use model. Remember that data center filled with hardware and how that’s not really a smart business decision for most companies? With cloud computing you have access to such a data center, with zero investments on your part. Let’s take a quick look on some of the upsides to cloud computing
By using someone else’s hardware, certain problems that you’re used to deal with are suddenly not your problem anymore. Instead of having you or one of your technicians race to the data center in the middle of the night when something is up with your infrastructure, you simply roll over knowing your cloud provider is taking care of things.
Aside from hardware related issues, you can also minimize risk by deploying your servers in different zones or different hypervisors. With colocation you essentially put all your eggs in one basket, but with cloud computing you don’t have to.
Growing exponentially and need more resources? It only takes a few minutes to add more resources to your current infrastructure, allowing you to scale seamlessly on demand.
Pay per use
Every server you add to your infrastructure is billed for a fixed price every month. There’s no guesswork and never have to pay for what you’re not using.
Hardware in the cloud is being renewed continuously, as the competition is far too great for cloud providers to skimp over this.
As you can see, cloud computing has tremendous upsides, but that’s not to say that colocation doesn’t have its use. With colocation you will always keep one thing that cloud computing is unable to give: complete control. If you for any reason have very specific hardware requirements or you need to be able to physically inspect your servers, then yes colocation is your best bet. For anyone else though, cloud computing is most likely to be your best option.