Managing IT can be complicated, and picking the right solution for your business can be a lengthy process and decision. The good news is that there are a variety of options that can be tailored for your business; the bad news is that a lot of different companies will try to sway you in the direction that will make them the most money.

Instead of telling you which IT model is best for you business, let’s take a look at each model definition objectively:

  • Cloud computing: Commonly known as SaaS, IaaS or PaaS solutions. Servers, storage, security and other resources delivered via the Internet.
  • Managed services: Outside IT help that comes in many forms. Managed service providers can be pay-as-you-go, monthly fee-based service, and/or small or large providers.
  • Colocation: Data center facilities or a high-tech landlord. Colocation provides highly reliable computer room space, power, cooling, security and access to telecom servers.
  • In-house data center: The computer room in the back of your office. It may be a former mop closer or a million dollar setup.

So, which one is better than the other? Well, that’s really up to you and what makes sense for your business. View our infographic below to learn more about the benefits and downfalls of each, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Better yet, schedule a tour of Lifeline Data Centers to see some of these models in action and get some advice on what setup might work for you.

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Rich Banta

Rich Banta

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Rich is responsible for Compliance and Certifications, Data Center Operations, Information Technology, and Client Concierge Services. Rich has an extensive background in server and network management, large scale wide-area networks, storage, business continuity, and monitoring. Rich is a former CTO of a major health care system. Rich is hands-on every day in the data centers. He also holds many certifications, including: CISA – Certified Information Systems Auditor CRISC – Certified in Risk & Information Systems Management CDCE – Certified Data Center Expert CDCDP – Certified Data Center Design Professional