First let’s define each type of solution to provide a better understanding of the technologies.

What is a Server?

A server is a computer or device that provides resources, data and services to other computers, known as clients, over a network. The main purpose of a server is to store, share and manage users, printers, group policy and more. It also helps in maintaining security for the network by authenticating users who access the network resources. Servers can also be used for hosting websites and applications. They are an essential component in the IT infrastructure of any organization as they provide reliable access to data and applications from anywhere in the world.

What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that provides businesses and schools with the ability to store, manage, and analyze large amounts of data. It is an ideal solution for small businesses or schools that need to store and access large amounts of data without breaking the bank.

The Debate on owning versus pay as you go technology.

Owning servers vs using the cloud is a common debate in the tech world. While cloud services like Azure are often seen as more cost-effective, there are still many businesses who prefer to own their own servers. I

Pay as you go with Azure subscription

One of the main advantages of Azure over owning your own servers is scalability. Azure allows organizations to scale their resources up or down as needed, which can help to reduce costs and ensure that resources are not wasted. This makes it a great option for companies that need to quickly adjust their IT infrastructure in response to changing business needs.

In addition, Azure also offers a range of other benefits such as increased security and reliability, access to more advanced technologies, and integration with other Microsoft services. These features make it an attractive option for businesses looking to get the most out of their IT investments.

Owning your own servers

Owning your own servers offers a few advantages over renting, subscribing, or leasing servers from a third-party provider but the gap is closing. When you own your own servers, some believe you have complete control over how your data. This means that you can ensure that all of your data is private.  However, most organizations need professionals to help with management, security and other needs. Additionally, owning your own servers may provide potential long-term savings due to increasing subscription cost.

When it comes to owning your own server, the cost can vary greatly depending on the type of setup you're looking for. While subscription services like Azure may be more cost-effective in some cases, it's important to consider all of the factors when deciding whether or not to invest in your own server or use a hosted solution.  The average cost for owning your own server can be anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars which buyers must pay up front. The exact price will depend on factors such as the type of server, size, and features offered. Additionally, any software or hardware that is needed to run the server must also be taken into consideration when determining the total cost.

Fixed monthly fees vs big onetime expense

With Azure, businesses now have the opportunity to budget for hosted server solutions with a fixed fee. This allows them to know exactly how much they are spending on hosting and data without any surprise costs. This makes it easier for businesses of all sizes to budget and scale their operations as needed.

Azure allows businesses to plan ahead and make sure they are getting the most out of their hosting solution. They can easily adjust their budget depending on how much data and hosting they need, making it easier than ever before to ensure that their hosted server solution is meeting their needs.

Our consultants can help with your technology journey

Midwest Computech offers certified and professional consultants who have the expertise to help you find the best solution for your business or school. Our consultants can guide you through the entire process, from initial assessment to implementation of the chosen solution. We understand that every business or school has unique data needs, and our consultants will collaborate with you to ensure that your data requirements are met. With our experience and knowledge, we can provide tailored solutions that will help you maximize efficiency while minimizing costs.

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