Businesses have many options for running servers and data storage and often have a challenge in deciding on the best option for their business. Two options are the usage of micro data centers and cloud computing solutions for their business. This article will highlight the which businesses benefit from each solution.
What are micro data centers and cloud computing servers?
Micro data centers are closed units that perform the functions of a traditional server. Companies used to keep racking systems that handled computers to run programs, store data, provide security and cooling servers. Micro data centers perform all of these servers in one small convenient cased computer. A proven leader in the development of micro modular data center products and systems is Elliptical Mobile Solutions. You can find more information on their website.
Cloud computing on the other hand represents a data and server solution located and held at a third party location. This third party location reduces the risk that data can be lost through a local fire and disaster and cloud computing centers are typically located in some of the most secure locations in the world, and backed up at other third party locations. A local computer will store information on cloud computing servers and access this information remotely. Servers can also run complex software programs located on third party cloud computing servers at the request of the customer.
Who would benefit from using micro data centers?
Micro data centers will benefit a select group of companies in varying circumstances. For companies that are in need of secure access many companies will use a cloud computing solution. However, some companies do not want to put their data in cloud computing networks that are run by third party cloud computing companies due to the very secure nature of the data that they are storing. Examples include companies that have governmental contracts that require the companies to be secure with classified data and companies that have very specialized data. For these companies, a micro data center may be a better option.
Another concern is internet access. While internet access has improved the world over, some remote locations may not have solid and constant internet access. Mining companies operating in remote locations and oil discovery teams are just a couple of the examples of companies that can be running operations in remote locations. These companies may benefit from a micro data center that can run without internet access.
Finally, some companies may be running programs that are very complex and may require constant modification to the server in order to handle these cutting edge programs. Cloud computing option that are kept at a third party location may not be able to respond to the pace that a company needs to modify their programs and a micro data center can be more quickly modified and updated to fit the needs of the business by local IT professionals who can quickly and easily access these micro data centers and augment them to their needs.
The decision on whether or not to use a third party cloud computing data and server solution or a micro data center is highly dependent on the operations of the business, or a segment of the business. Companies should assess their needs and determine which solution best fits their needs when looking to store data and process complex programs.