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Cloud, On-Premises or Colocation: Finding the Right Fit for Your Business

Tom Chantler 9 min read March 31, 2023 [Services] #cloud #on-premises #colocation Partially cloudy sunset sky showing cloud, on-premises, colocation, or a hybrid approach


At Chantler Solutions, we understand that each business is unique, and so are its technology requirements. Whilst the cloud offers undeniable benefits for many organisations, there are situations where on-premises solutions or colocation might be more suitable. Thus, it will come as no surprise that the initial answer to the question, “Should I choose cloud, on-premises or colocation?” is nearly always, “it depends”. Cloud hosting offers a lot of advantages and, under certain circumstances, can be by far the cheapest option. But it’s not always the right solution and care must be taken to control costs. In many cases, a hybrid approach is optimal. In this blog post, we’ll briefly explore the key characteristics of these different infrastructure hosting models and then give a few examples of situations where each might be best. Our goal is to provide a tailored approach to help you choose the best infrastructure solutions that align with your business needs, drive efficiency, and reduce costs.

Why Cloud?

Cloud hosting enables businesses to leverage the power of remote servers, storage, and applications hosted by cloud service providers. This approach offers several advantages:

Of course there are potential problems, too:

Why On-Premises?

On-premises solutions involve hosting your infrastructure within your own data center or office. This approach may be more suitable for certain businesses due to:

But there are reasons it might not be suitable, too:

Why Colocation?

Colocation is a hybrid approach that combines the benefits of on-premises and cloud solutions. With colocation, businesses rent space, power, and network connectivity in a third-party data center to host their own hardware. This approach offers several advantages:

And, as expected, here are a few reasons why colocation might not be the best choice:

A few examples

In the rapidly evolving world of technology, businesses are faced with the challenge of selecting the most suitable hosting or infrastructure strategy for their unique needs. Here are a few straightforward examples which illustrate the advantages of cloud hosting, on-premises solutions, and colocation. This is by no means an exhaustive list; it is simply intended to provide a clearer understanding of the factors that may influence the decision-making process when determining the best infrastructure strategy for your business.




Our Approach

At Chantler Solutions, we recognise that cloud hosting, on-premises solutions, and colocation each have their merits, and that the best choice for your business depends on your unique circumstances. Our experts will work closely with you to:


Whether you’re looking to start in (or migrate to) the cloud, implement on-premises solutions or explore colocation options, Chantler Solutions is dedicated to helping you find the most efficient, cost-effective, and energy-conscious solution for your business. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discover the right infrastructure strategy for your unique needs.

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