On-site, or on-premises servers, are servers that store data from a particular organization in the same location as their organization operates from. On-site servers are maintained through an IT department also located at their own facilities, or an outside support provider. Of course, there are always Pros to using certain methods of cloud computing. Let’s talk more about the Pros here:
- Closeness to on-site data centers
- Able to upgrade hardware more easily and more cost-effectively
- Fixed cost of operation
As always, each positive aspect must also come with a Con as well. The Cons for on-site data servers are;
- More expensive to operate
- More physical space necessary
- Data loss
- Often high-priced cooling used on servers
Cooling off on-site servers can be expensive because of the large in-house processing consumption of the individual devices an organization might use. If one were to use a pure cloud computing environment, these issues would become far less prevalent. We will go into the processes used for the other cloud computing techniques and methods on our other pages.
Office space dedicated to on-site server management will be taken due to the physical space necessary for the servers themselves, but also the in-house IT department many organizations likely have. However, this can be overlooked when considering the physical closeness of the data centers, and how easy it will be to get to the servers when something malfunctions on site.