AWS Outage Proves It’s Better to Own Than Rent
Forget foreclosures and record-low interest rates, there’s an equally fierce real estate battle being waged in the cloud. The Amazon Web Services outage last night highlights the largest risk to betting on public cloud: you don’t own it. Any of it. Which means you’re at the whim of whatever vendor you have entrusted to protect it. How much do you really know about where your data and applications are being housed?
When selecting between public and private cloud solutions for mission-critical aspects of your business, never forget to weigh the very real risks of outages and security breaches with the conveniences of public cloud. How much will two hours of being offline cost your business? Last night’s outage highlights the importance of high availability, and emphasizes that – unless you own it – you can never be too sure about the reliability of your IT infrastructure.
Why own vs. rent?
It’s cheaper to own than rent.
In the long run, this is true of land and cloud. Just as home ownership can provide a return on investment with savvy planning over time, owning your own infrastructure can return 3x the investment as throwing money away on rent. Owning your own cloud infrastructure is actually much cheaper than renting indefinitely.
Your landlord doesn’t give a *#*&!
A landlord doesn’t care about you, only the four walls you’re in, and making money on them. If a window leaks, they’ll fix it, yes, but you won’t know about the leak until it rains. The public cloud offers a one-size-fits-all model that may fit some, but is based on general usage patterns of the majority of renters. Your requirements for compliance, cost, security and service levels will largely be ignored unless you fit the general profile.
There goes the neighborhood.
In the public cloud, you are sharing infrastructure with an unknown number of other renters that may be a target for cyber attacks. Do you really want your organization’s business critical applications being housed next to strangers? When you own your infrastructure, you have control over servers, compute power, storage, security and service level agreements (SLAs). You know all your neighbors and even chair the neighborhood watch group.
Build home equity.
Like owning a home, with private cloud you get to make the decisions over improvements that grow value over time. Not only do you get to avoid public cloud vendor lock-in, but you can consider your unique enterprise integration and workload requirements. Renters are far less likely to make major and costly improvements if they can avoid it. Homeowners, on the other hand, take pride, and even financial gain, from investing in the future and state of a home – improvements that ultimately save money or put money back in your pocket.
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