Cloud computing and VPS hosting companies are increasingly touting all-in-one solutions that will let companies move a portion of their servers to a virtual environment with almost no hassle for IT. These SaaS options are great for a first-time business in the market of VPS options or one that is just looking to test the waters with the choices that are available to them. But in many cases, this will not provide as robust an experience as when a company chooses to buckle down, purchase a dedicated VPS space, and move all of their servers themselves.
According to a number of articles – both technical and straightforward – setting up a VPS is not the chore that it used to be. A number of user-friendly features have been installed and many providers are available for online and phone help if the need should arise. In many cases, it is the reticence of an IT department to make the switch that limits a company to a SaaS model or is a limiting factor in how much virtual movement happens.
This is because many IT sections fear the loss of their server control and wonder what will happen if the VPS performs better than physical servers ever could. In turn, this leads to a reluctance to migrate and a reliance on less-robust SaaS products. In order to maximize the use of virtual and cloud technologies, IT departments must fuel the drive to take control of their own server environments, migrate them to a dedicated virtual server and know as much as they possibly can about the storage environment, I/O controls and backup options available. Only then will the cloud truly be able to live up to the hype.