When you find yourself considering a dedicated server versus cloud computing, you will find there is a lot to think about. Cloud computing defines a major shift in the way data can be stored as well as how any number of applications can be run whereas a dedicated server is the old school way of doing business - both with good reasons to go either way.
Low end computers can now be used without sacrificing higher processing power and performance. You can use less memory and a smaller hard disk with no need for a CD or DVD drive as there is no need to load or save anything onto your computer! Lower costs are found in the PC purchase but also in reduced software costs. Most of the applications you need will now be free. Look forward to receiving instant software updates. Its all done for you on an automated basis.
Another perk to cloud computing is you can edit documents from anywhere. You will always have the latest version of any document at anytime available to you from anywhere. Collaborating just got simpler and smoother because sharing documentation naturally leads into collaboration with anyone. No device specific purchases required anymore or special versions of programs needed ever.
Now lets look at the disadvantages that make a case for using a dedicated server. You must have continuous internet connectivity or its impossible to work at all - no working offline is possible. Broad band connection is required to work effectively and even that can be slow compared to the dedicated server setup. Power users may want to pass until more time has passed because many advanced application capabilities are not available yet. The security of your stored data may not be as secure as cloud computing companies claim but it is too early in this to say for sure.
So which is the best way for you to go? It really depends, so be sure to research for your situation and hopefully this review of the perks and the drawbacks will make your decision a better one.
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