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Posted by Anna Nicholls on 06-May-2022 11:54:27

Cloud or colo, which is best?


In the wake of the pandemic, many businesses are still under pressure to digitally transform. Quick fixes put in place to enable remote working during the Covid 19 lockdowns are, in many cases, not sufficient as a long term fix. As thousands of businesses and employees have embraced the benefits of hybrid working, it’s time for companies to move their digital transformations forward to enhance the efficiencies of their current infrastructures. 

Cloud hosting and colocation are two different beasts. The main difference between cloud and colo is how data is managed and stored. In simple terms, with cloud computing the servers are owned by the cloud provider and data is managed virtually, whereas with colocation the servers are not owned by the colocation facility, but instead by the business that is leasing the space.

The two are not mutually exclusive and much like the post-pandemic approach to work - a hybrid solution is often the best solution.

It very much depends on a business's needs. A blend of cloud and colocation can help manage requirements such as security, agility, data storage and the hosting of legacy apps - for example.

You might find that the scalability that cloud can offer is the right approach for your fast growing business. But at the same time, colocation might provide the specific level of customisation that you require. The resilience of cloud might save you money when it comes to backups and disaster recovery (check out our active-active cloud offering for true cloud resilience), but owning and managing your own hardware might be an attraction of colocation. 

If you need guidance on the best approach to take, choose an IT partner that embraces a true consultative approach. Having a provider - whether that be a cloud provider, data centre partner or an MSP - that can take the time to really get to know how your business works, will reap rewards when it comes to choosing the right IT solution and the future productivity of your teams.

You can read more about hybrid hosting here or to chat to us about either cloud or colocation, get in touch with the team. 

Topics: cloud hosting, cloud, cloud server hosting, hosting, it industry, data centres

Anna Nicholls

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