So you’ve probably heard that Dropbox recently dropped the AWS cloud.
Dropbox had been building out its own infrastructure for awhile and was ready to take control back, build its own platform and manage its own cloud infrastructure. As a cloud storage company with 500 million users, it makes sense for DropBox to operate its own customized cloud infrastructure and control its own technology. (We wrote about an increased number of companies doing this in a recent blog — Get in Control with NYI Cloud.)
But if you don’t have 500 million users, does this move from public cloud to private cloud or a hybrid config make sense for your company? Here are a couple of reasons that Dropbox moved away from a public cloud solution — these might apply to your business, too.
Money — Let’s face it; money is a key driver for pretty much everything we do. The more something costs, the more we have to find ways to pay for it — oftentimes we’re applying savings from one project toward another. Sometimes with public cloud instances, the surprise charges seem to pile up out of nowhere. As the number and size of your workloads increase, costs can quickly spiral and before you know it, you’re facing one hefty bill. With careful planning, you can regain control over your IT environment AND save money by moving to a private cloud or hybrid configuration and easing away from a public cloud service.
Flexibility — A hybrid approach can maximize your flexibility. Not all apps work well in all environments. Working with a hosting provider (such as NYI!) that offers several options can be very beneficial, as your IT requirements change and evolve over time. With NYI, you have direct access to a private, secure enterprise-class cloud (without having to put all the components together yourself); you also have the ability to colocate your servers that are home to apps/data that can’t find a home in the cloud. Plus, you can even go old school and tap into dedicated server or “bare metal” configurations to get exactly what your workloads require.
Every company is different. So with all the choices out there today, what once made sense when you were first moving things over to the cloud might need to be re-evaluated. NYI can help you decide when to move away from a public cloud solution and which apps, workloads and data to move over, while mapping out exactly how to migrate your environment with minimal hassle.
Mark your calendars for April 21 to hear more about these topics at an NYI-led event at LMHQ! Join your local cloud colleagues for food, (adult) beverages and lots of cloud-related discussion. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for more!
Find out more in our Cloud Computing Buyers Guide, which covers what to look out for when buying cloud services. You can also check out our Making the Case for Hybrid doc, which outlines mixing and matching colo and cloud to maximize flexibility.
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