How to choose between China cloud servers and colocation (part 2)

February 27, 2017

Like colocation, China cloud servers infrastructure services offer cost savings through the use of a shared facility.

How are cloud services different?

But there the resemblance ends. With cloud services, the cloud provider supplies and manages your full hardware infrastructure, including storage, hardware and network elements. This reduces your CAPEX costs and cuts OPEX costs down, because the provider’s staff is responsible for administration, troubleshooting, routine maintenance and problem resolution.

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Why cloud services?

You may turn to cloud services for a number of reasons. Many of our customers simply want to offload infrastructure management chores to us to free up their IT staff to work on projects which can help grow the business. Some enterprises select a China server hosting because they like the flexibility of being able to rapidly scale capacity up or down based on business needs.

Three points to keep in mind with cloud services

There are 3 points to consider when choosing cloud services providers. If your enterprise is subject to data privacy and protection regulations like PCI DSS, HIPAA or financial mandates like Sarbanes-Oxley, you may want your cloud provider to demonstrate compliance, have suitable certifications, maintain a high level of physical and cyber security, and follow mandated procedures to pass an audit. The final thing to keep in mind is that the burden of compliance still lies with you.

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A second point to consider is availability. Operating a critical business app on a service which is prone to outages won’t be acceptable. You’ll need a cloud provider which can provides services with availability guarantees based on level agreements and an understanding of how the provider manages access into the environment, controls resources, and addresses change management.

One final thing to consider is the way your cloud provider handles their problems. Is their staff always available 24/7? What processes does your service provider follow to resolve problem and mitigate human error?

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Cloud or Colocation

Colocation and cloud servers China services offer you the alternatives to traditional DC approaches. Based on the specific demands of your particular deployment, each offers private advantages and each has its own things to consider. You’ll want to weigh your compliance and privacy demands, your requirement for direct control and your demands for always-on uptime and availability when deciding between cloud and colocation.