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Storing data is of utmost importance for any business nowadays. The biggest question, though, is how to store it? This is where the cloud hosting vs on premise hosting debate heats up. Which option is best for your business? The answer isn’t as simple as you may think because a few factors come into play, such as the size of your business, what you’re storing, etc. Therefore, we’ve simplified things for you so you’re able to make the right decision for you and your business.

What is Cloud Hosting?

Though it isn’t necessarily a tangible thing, cloud hosting goes beyond just one server and makes use of a network of them. In fact, when using this type of service, the unique configuration allows you to also draw from multiple servers which is beneficial in many ways. It is the preferred choice for those who have fast-growing websites and need flexibility when it comes to hosting. For example, when a physical server is compromised, because you have data stored on several servers, you can rely on another one that is still running.


  • Infrastructure and space isn’t an issue at all
  • You’ll only need to pay for what you want
  • A backup and restore can be initiated from a computer, phone or tablet in any location
  • Your data is better protected as you’re able to back up regularly


  • It is often more expensive than on premise hosting
  • You’ll be limited to the space available according to what you pay for
  • If there are issues with your internet or on the cloud provider’s side, you won’t have access to your data

What is On-Premise Hosting?

As the name suggests, this form of hosting is on the premises of your building. Having your own server in your building (or at another location where you’re renting space), gives you control over the server, data and the security of it all. Often this is the popular choice for small to medium businesses, ones that can afford the infrastructure, maintenance and electricity costs.


  • You have direct access to your server
  • All the data stored on these servers is solely in your hands, no third party access
  • A great choice for small to medium business


  • You will need infrastructure available for the hardware necessary for the servers
  • A dedicated IT team may be needed to ensure everything is in working order
  • There’s no guarantee when it comes to uptime or recovery time

Still unsure of what route to take? Chat to the F1 Connect team today and we can help you decide.