The use of Cloud data storage has been under scrutiny recently with articles discussing the longevity of Cloud as a storage solution.
Sounds perfect? But what happens when your business expands and those monthly fees go through the roof? Or if the amount of data you need on a daily business is high and the route from computer to cloud to computer proves too slow for your operation?
In an article by Wired magazine ‘Why Some Start-ups Say Cloud Is a Waste of Money’, Cade Metz looks at a San Francisco based technology company that after only two years of being founded ‘came down from the cloud’.
Reasons included rising bills from the cloud provider, Amazon. The article tells readers that ‘MemSQL’s database product runs across tens and even hundreds of servers, and as the company started testing the software on an ever larger number of Amazon virtual machines, the company realised the cloud no longer made sense — at least not for the task at hand.
This past April, MemSQL spent more than $27,000 on Amazon virtual servers. That’s $324,000 a year. But for just $120,000, the company could buy all the physical servers it needed for the job — and those servers would last for a good three years. The company will add more machines over that time, as testing needs continue to grow, but its server costs won’t come anywhere close to the fees it was paying Amazon.’
Another risk with Cloud Technology is highlighted in a recent BBC News article, ‘Instagram, Vine and Netflix hit by Amazon glitch’, which tells us how software problems at one of Amazon’s data centres knocked out several high profile web services. On the 25th September users of Instagram, Netflix, Vine, Airbnb and several other services reported problems with being able to view pages and log into accounts. All of them rely on servers that are part of Amazon’s cloud-based network.
In a white paper by Derek Kay, Business Development Director at Logistex, Derek discusses the use of Cloud in Warehouse Management Systems. Read about it here: http://www.logistex.com/white-papers/does-cloud-reign/
There are numerous Cloud based WMS’s on the market, but with these apparent risks and challenges, is cloud the way to go?
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