Retaining infrastructure in-house gives you a level of control that can be very useful. You get to set it up exactly how you want it in the way that is designed to suit your organisation. Not every application is ideally suited to the available cloud options, and in-house you have a better chance of optimising performance the way you want. When there is a problem – because certainly, major cloud providers have had well-publicised downtime – you are certainly best positioned to prioritise which services need to be restored first for your own organisation.
This is certainly not an argument against cloud – in fact, many of our customers depend on us for capturing the utmost advantage from the various ‘as a service’ options. Our cloud experts are among Australia’s most knowledgeable and experienced – which is why they will never blindly recommend cloud for absolutely everything. To balance that, our infrastructure specialists will always be quick to recommend where they believe your data centre will be enhanced by using cloud solutions for certain workloads.
In terms of cost, we certainly talk a lot about the benefit of avoiding capital expenditure in favour of steady, predictable monthly costs. It is one of cloud’s most sought-after advantages, and definitely allows for flexibility. If in-house infrastructure is right for your organisation, though, there are plenty of often overlooked alternatives that can help you to get the best of both worlds. Smart organisations are now demanding far more tailored managed services options, and many of our customers use this to shift to operational expenditure while keeping much tighter control. Even today’s more favourable leasing and financing possibilities are worth exploring with your technology partner as a way of designing payment methods to suit.
Of course, no discussion would be complete without mentioning data sovereignty and the compliance or legislative requirements you might encounter. Knowing exactly where your data resides is essential, especially in some of the more tightly controlled sectors such as health, finance and government. There are certainly still cloud options that can work, but they need to be researched carefully with this issue in mind.
For more information about creating the blend of infrastructure and cloud that best suits your business, contact Meridian IT’s team of specialists.