Understanding Cloud Providers and the Advantages of Each: Part 2 – Deploying Cloud Provider Solutions with a Hyper Scaler

The advantages and disadvantages of cloud solution deployment with a hyper scaler.

 

hyper scaler server exampleNow that we have defined what a hyper scaler is in our earlier post, let’s discuss the deployment of a cloud solution with a hyper scaler and what some of the advantages and disadvantages can be.

 

The Advantages of a Hyper Scaler

By far and away the biggest advantage of utilising hyper scalers is the fact that you don’t have to purchase any hardware and you can, depending on whether or not you sign a contract, easily add additional processing power or reduce the processing power you were using in response to your business needs.

 

However, working with hyper scalers is a little bit like renting a property that for many people makes perfect sense or is what they are able to afford. When all is said and done, you are paying them for their equipment and when you stop paying, there is no residual value for you other than fulfilling the need you had at the time.

 

The Disadvantages of a Hyper Scaler

The challenge is that hyper scalers charge a significant premium for this flexibility and convenience, and if there were no other alternatives, we would have no choice but to utilise hyper scalers. Fortunately, there are alternatives that we will talk about in future blog posts.

The downside of a hyper scaler is that in the majority of cases all you are purchasing is access to computer hardware. Yes, they do provide the physical security, hardware fault tolerance and redundancy, however, someone still needs to install, maintain, secure, patch and support whatever applications are deployed with the hyper scaler.

We can have a more detailed conversation about this if you are contemplating using a hyper scaler to deploy your SAP Business One solution. However, the outcome we had after working with hyper scalers, AWS and Azure in particular, is that the degree of complexity and requirements for managing your applications don’t address the need to have IT resources available to manage that aspect. At the end of the day, you will still need to pay someone, be they an internal or external resource, to manage all of those aspects like security, patch, etc.

 

Our Conclusion

The conclusion that we drew when it comes to hyper scalers is that for us as an SAP Business One Cloud Hosting provider, it made sense to purchase our own hardware and manage all of the aspects of the deployments ourselves.

So you might say ah-ha – well then I’m now having to pay you for that! And that is correct, however, when getting an SAP Business One Cloud solution hosted by SMB Solutions Cloud Services, those costs are built into our per user per month pricing. On average when you compare our per user per month billing against just the baseline costs of using the hyper scalers without the additional IT resource cost of managing the deployments, our costing works out at around 30% less.

 

Join us for the next part of our series where we explore Office 365 in a Hybrid Cloud scenario! If you have any questions or would like any further clarification about the information in this blog series, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced support team.