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In-House Servers vs. Cloud Hosting

Cloud Computing | August 25, 2022
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If your business is trying to determine which server model is best for your needs and budget, there are many elements to consider. While in-house servers and cloud hosting both offer several benefits, your business may be better suited to one option over another. As a leading provider of comprehensive cloud services and managed IT solutions, the team at Next Hop Solutions knows how difficult it can be to determine which option is best for your needs. That is why we have compiled some information to compare in-house servers vs. cloud hosting to help you make an informed decision.

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In-House Servers

As noted by their name, in-house servers refer to servers and devices that are typically stored within the premises of your business. In-house servers have been used by businesses of all sizes for decades.


Benefits of in-house servers include:

  • Physical control over your backups.
  • Being able to keep critical data and information in-house, restricting the potential for third-party access.
  • You do not need an internet connection to access the data.


Potential drawbacks of in-house servers include:

  • A significant capital investment in hardware and infrastructure is typically required.
  • You need space in your property to accommodate the hardware.
  • Increased risk of data loss due to natural disasters such as fires, floods, or earthquakes.

Cloud Hosting

Could hosting has become an increasingly popular option for businesses of all sizes. Instead of utilizing physical hardware, cloud hosting makes use of remote servers for computing and data access.


Benefits of cloud hosting include:

  • No physical server hardware is required, drastically reducing your initial capital expenditures.
  • Storage can be easily added as needed, allowing for easy scalability as your business grows and changes over time.
  • It is easy to back up and restore data from any location via a tablet, smart phone, or laptop.
  • Some providers perform regular backups every 15 to 30 minutes, minimizing the risk of data loss.


Potential drawbacks of cloud hosting include:

  • Can be costly over time if your business does not benefit from instant data recovery or increased uptime.
  • Requires an internet connection. Without a connection, you will not be able to access your data.
  • Can be more vulnerable to online threats, though most reputable cloud hosting services work hard to keep their security updated and effective against these threats.

To learn more about our cloud services or other managed IT solutions, get in touch with the team at Next Hop Solutions. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or the needs of your business.


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