Comparison: Build vs. Buy Data Centers

The build versus buy dilemma is common for many companies who still question the value of outsourcing technology services. The perception is that a company can build their own server room or mini data center and save over what a provider can offer. A simple comparison can quickly demystify any such perceptions and convince a company that doing it on their own would not be prudent. Most companies depend on technology to run their business. All too often companies find their reputation and sustainability as a viable business tied to the quality of the technology on which they run. A provider such as Atmosera has built its business on the ability to deliver dependable and effective services to businesses and give them the peace of mind which comes from knowing someone else is taking care 
of all the headaches. Key parameters to consider and gauge how well a company can execute on versus a provider include:
Key Parameters Data Center (On-Premise) Hosted Cloud (Off-Premises)
Purchase Cost
 & Installation High capital and upfront costs May require significant improvements No capital or upfront costs
 & Improvements Needs can be significant depending on hardware needs Delays can creep in if construction is required Power needs can drive significant monthly expenses Single source power, cooling and UPS backups 100% the responsibility of the provider Provider already has capacity and plans for growth Only pay for power used based on wholesale rates Multiple sources for power, cooling and UPS backups
Licensing Requires vendor and contract management Easy to under and over buy Pay 100% up front even if licenses are not in use Included in hosting fees Optimized to workload needs Pay for monthly usage with on-demand scaling
 & Expertise Highly skilled staff for business operations and after hours On your own when problems arise Staff retention can be a challenge Lean, in-house staffing needs Leverage the provider's expert team Available 24x7x365 to remedy problems
Maintainance 100% in-house Not always kept current or follow schedules Patching can cause unexpected interruptions 100% performed by provider Set scheduling for regular updates Patches thoroughly tested prior to implementation
Disaster Recovery
 & Redundancy Redundancy is very expensive depending on recovery objectives Keeping systems up in the event of a disaster can double or even quadruple costs Leverage economies of scale Provider has built-in redundancy capabilities Easily add backup and disaster recovery services
Security 24x7 monitoring with on-call staff drives overhead Systems often don’t provide the needed controls No standardized testing to ensure no vulnerabilities exist Benefit from economies of scale 24x7x365 security with stringent systems and controls Self-imposed vulnerability and penetration testing
Compliance 100% in-house On your own to understand how to stay compliant Documentation is usually an afterthought Taken into consideration with build Evolves with changing requirements Trained teams with compliant playbooks and workflows Complete documentation of all events with audit support Third-party audited and verified
 & Upgrades Requires additional capital for new equipment May require downtime and facilities improvements Often delays investment in the newest technology Contract includes equipment refresh No downtime or improvements required Provider offers multiple options and keeps current

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