Cloud, Local And Hybrid Servers – Which Should You Choose?

Modern organizations, big or small, generate huge amounts of data, which needs a secure storage space. If your organization has applications running on critical data, it is important to ensure that the data is accessible quickly and easily. In addition to simply storing data, servers are communicated with for authorization, authentication and processing various requests. There are three options available to choose from when it comes to servers – cloud servers, local servers, and hybrid servers.

Cloud Servers and Solutions

Cloud servers are virtual storage spaces that you can access from remote devices. Google Drive is one of the most common examples of a cloud service. As long as you are authorized to use the server, you can extract data virtually anywhere as long as you are connected to the internet.


  • No investment into hardware or special infrastructure is required to get started
  • Pay-as-you-go model for minimal wasted expenditure
  • Easy to backup and restore from anywhere
  • Minimized data loss during natural calamities


  • Need to trust third-party cloud solutions providers to handle your data
  • Possibility of security breaches due to the public nature of storage
  • Data recovery could be time-consuming
  • Requirement for an internet connection to access data

Local Servers

These are dedicated on-premise servers which are physically connected to the systems in your organization. This approach is mostly used by small companies which generate a lower amount of data compared to larger organizations.


  • Applications extracting data from local servers do not require an internet connection
  • Applications can run with zero lag as the systems and servers are physically connected
  • Physical control over server security
  • Third-party vendors do not have access to your data


  • Setting up hardware and infrastructure is expensive
  • All data is stored in a single location, making it more vulnerable to disasters
  • Needs physical spaces for the equipment
  • Data generally cannot be accessed remotely

Hybrid Servers

Most organizations use a combination of cloud and local servers based on the storage requirements of the applications they run. Some applications and data can simply not be kept only on physical servers as they might require remote access. The key is to understand what each has to offer and then take an informed decision.


  • Often gives you the best features of both cloud and on-premise storage


  • Requires a technical understanding of all your applications and their data
  • Transferring data between the different servers is possible but can be time-consuming

In our experience as cloud services experts, cloud technology represents the future of operations. It can be the catalyst you need to transform your business, and when you do, CloudNow will be there to support you through the journey. Our cloud services and solutions include everything from providing cloud security to aiding you with your DevOps efforts. Get in touch today to see how we can help your business.