Is High Performance Cloud Worth the Extra Cost?
Many cloud providers offer basic packages and services compared premium, higher performance and higher cost options. Are they worth it? And what types of individuals and businesses are a good fit?
There are two axioms we get drilled into our heads from a fairly early age that seem to be at complete odds with one another.
“You get what you pay for.” (i.e. – buying a cheaper, affordable version of something is likely not going to be as good or reliable as the more expensive varieties)
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” (i.e. – don’t be fooled simply by the price tag of something, as the cost isn’t always the best indicator of true value)
So if we’re taught then to not skimp on costs (especially when it comes to big ticket items), but also that there are good deals to be had out there for items priced significantly lower than the competition, how do we make our purchasing decisions? Kind of confusing, right?
It doesn’t get any less confusing with cloud computing options. We are still in the midst of a so-called “cloud boom” where there is no shortage of cloud providers competing for your business. As such, there’s been a race to the bottom in terms of who can offer basic cloud computing services for the lowest price.
While those options can definitely be the right choice depending on your needs and budget, you might quickly find that they are a bit limiting in terms of performance and support. If you’re currently on the fence about whether your or your business would benefit from upgrading to a higher performance cloud, ask yourself the following questions:
How concerned are you with performance?
This is essentially the whole kit and caboodle, here. If you don’t care about performance, then you should absolutely go for the cheapest available cloud service you can find. It’s hard to imagine a person or situation where performance wouldn’t be at least somewhat important, however. Why would you need cloud hosting if you don’t care about performance? You might be better off buying a few hard drives, sticking them in a closet or unused bedroom, connecting them to a network, and calling that your “cloud”. After all, despite some people’s notion of what the cloud actually is, there are still physical computers and devices no matter what cloud you’re on.
How important is your ability to scale quickly?
If you’re moving your business infrastructure over to the cloud, you’re taking a step in the right direction – not managing a physical infrastructure on site can free up a lot of space, time, and resources. That’s the good part. But what if your business has a sudden and exponential growth phase? That initially sounds a lot like a good part as well, but unless your infrastructure can handle it, it can become a real headache. The flipside of the coin can be equally painful – if times get a bit tight and business slows down a bit, can your cloud partner scale down with you accordingly?
With cheaper providers, the increased savings they pass on to you often come at the expense of scalability. You might have to pay hidden fees for increasing or decreasing your services, or you may run into significant choke points when trying to scale. Many premium cloud providers include flexible scaling in their service fees.
Do you care if you have good customer service or not?
This question runs the risk of coming off as trite, but there’s no denying that in order to give you amazingly low prices on cloud hosting, providers have to cut those costs somewhere. Good, knowledgeable, dependable customer service reps are often the first to go.
And it makes sense if you think about it – how much cheaper is it to hire someone who can run a chat bot app off of a canned, generic, and extremely limited script as opposed to speaking with someone who actually has real-world experience and can walk you through your issue and related problems? The former requires no experience and can easily be outsourced to anywhere, whereas the latter is someone that brings applicable skills to the table. Big difference.
Is price the most important factor in your decision making?
Depending on your situation, this may very well be the case. Your operation might be running on some very razor thin profit margins, and while you recognize the need for cloud computing, you don’t have much in the way of a budget for it. That’s perfectly fine – it’s a big reason why so many providers are hustling to offer the lowest possible prices, as you wouldn’t be alone in not having a lot of financial wiggle room. Just know that if you save on price, you’re sacrificing performance, customer service, and scalability, just to mention a few.
After reviewing our questions and answers here, it quickly becomes clear that cloud computing falls under the first of the aphorisms that we discussed above – “You get what you pay for.” If you’re looking for guaranteed high performance cloud, the ability to scale up or down with your business demands, excellent customer service, and at a price that isn’t the bottom of the barrel but more affordable than you might think, you’ll want to check out Total Server Solutions. Our high performance cloud is among the fastest and most reliable you can find.