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Deciding Between a Managed Cloud Service or a Colocation Data Center

Aug 21st 2015 at 6:45 AM

There are several reasons why a company may want to move their data infrastructure to the cloud or to a colocation facility. Sometimes it can be difficult to know which would be a better fit for your project, and below are a few considerations to review that will help you make that decision.

Colocation

Is your project temporary?

With data center colocation you typically have to refresh the hardware every three years, which can be expensive. Additionally the colocation facilities require at least a 12 month agreement. If your project is temporary then it makes sense to move it to a managed cloud service which has month to month or pay as you go billing arrangements. Additionally if the temporary project grows and becomes a permanent project then you can easily move it to a colocation facility and use your managed cloud service as a failover backup on a pay as you go resource usage basis.

Do you anticipate large spikes of traffic or resource usage?

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It is typically much easier to spike your traffic or resource usage in a managed cloud environment than with a co-location services in a data center. The nature of the shared resources in a cloud environment means that there is a large pool of available resources that you can quickly tap into when needed whereas with colocation you would have to provision more hardware or data infrastructure.

Do you have the expertise to manage the data infrastructure?

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Sometimes it can be difficult to find a new hire who is qualified to setup, troubleshoot and maintain the data infrastructure. More frequently than not your engineers are already stretched with responsibility and they’d likely not be able to dedicate the time you’d like to manage and support the data infrastructure of the new project. In this case a managed cloud service becomes attractive and additional managed services could help manage the application if needed.

Do you have a small budget?

As much as we’d like to have the ideal, more often than not we’re having to launch a project on a small budget. While data center colocation is great it is also expensive having to purchase new data infrastructure for the project. With a limited budget a low cost managed cloud service may be all you can afford to launch the project.

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