(The Hosting News) – WiredTree, an experienced provider of managed hybrid and dedicated servers, has commented on the poor experience many companies face when deploying applications on cloud platforms. As reported by Clare Hopping of CloudPro (May 21, 2015), two thirds of cloud executives have experienced reliability and performance problems with cloud deployments. Almost half reported that cloud outages were a threat to their company.
The causes of reliability and performance issues are combination of platform outages, and deployment and integration issues caused by the complexity of cloud environments.
Cloud platforms, particularly infrastructure-as-a-service platforms, offer a compelling combination of on-demand pricing and infrastructure flexibility. For companies that require extreme levels of infrastructure flexibility, the cloud can be an excellent choice. However, the infrastructure requirements of most companies, especially with regard to application and web hosting scenarios, are more dependent on reliability and performance than rapid scaling — qualities that dedicated hardware can more readily and inexpensively offer.
“While cloud platforms may appear to offer everything a business might need from its infrastructure, in reality there are payoffs. The evidence shows that platforms designed for elasticity — those that incorporate network-attached storage, multi-tenant server hosting environments with high contention rates, and the complexity of virtualization — do not provide optimal levels of performance and reliability,” says Zac Cogswell, President of WiredTree, “While it is possible to engineer cloud deployments that provide performance and reliability in line with dedicated hardware, it requires significant extra costs for redundancy and higher-tier guaranteed I/O.”
On balance, although the cloud may at first seem the less expensive option, factoring in performance and reliability issues and the cost of mitigation, dedicated server hardware will, in most common use scenarios, prove a more economical option.
Data loss caused by platform failures and network outages can impact business continuity and viability, which is why WiredTree advises all cloud and dedicated server users to have a backup strategy that includes reliable off-site backups.