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Cloud or Colocation: which way to go?

Posted: 12th November 2015

A more resilient, reliable and secure network and best value from your budget – these are just some of the reasons why buying managed IT services and getting your infrastructure right makes strong business sense for the new financial year. Colocation and cloud are the two key strategies for those moving away from on-premises data centres. However, knowing which way to go can be a complex conundrum influenced by number of factors including your strategic business aims, vertical market, budget, intended use and service levels. The Onyx comparison table identifies the areas in which cloud and colocation are different and helps simplify the decision-making process.




CLOUD                  COLOCATION

Hardware provided                                          Yes                          No

Suitable for highly regulated needs              Yes                         Yes

Simple scalability                                              Yes                         No

CAPEX required                                                No                          Yes

Convenience                                                       High                        Low

Resilience                                                           High                       High

Management                                                        Yes                         No

Flexibility/Agility                                               High                       Med

Cost                                                                       Med                      High

Maintenance/Monitoring                                Yes                          No

Control                                                                Med                       High

Data Ownership                                                Yes                         Yes



Choosing the right provider is an important factor, so ensure you’re dealing with a company that has the in-house expertise to analyse your infrastructure requirements, aid with migration and advise on optimisation. With our track record of delivering managed services and cloud solutions, Onyx have the expertise to guide you through the process.

Get it right and there’s every reason that your IT infrastructure can play a significant role in helping you achieve your business objectives this forth-coming financial year.


To book a free two-hour consultation to discuss your IT infrastructure needs and plans, contact Onyx today on 0800 970 92 92 or email

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