By Tim Gorham
Most organizations across the market research industry have chosen cloud hosting for their survey data storage. For them, it’s easier to manage, easier to budget for, and secure enough for their needs.
But a core group are not prepared to jump to the cloud. For them, they choose to physically control survey data centers located on company property. And we’re very familiar with their rationale, since Voxco offers one of the few professional survey software platforms that is available on-premise.
So why is this portion of the industry sticking with in-house data hosting? Here are the four reasons we hear over and over again:
1. Complete Data Control
2. Infrastructure Costs
Cost is always a deciding factor. It often boils down to prioritizing fixed capital expenditures over monthly operational expenditures. Monthly hosting fees can be significant for large organizations with huge data requirements and numerous users. At some point, the economics tip in the favor of a fixed capital investment.
This is especially true for organizations with existing infrastructure in place for data storage in-house. It’s a very easy decision for them to select on-premise hosting for their survey software.
3. Physical Server Customization
Cloud hosting providers have existing server structures. However, in-house hardware is custom-tailored to an organization’s personal needs. This offers levels of local control, visibility, and auditability which are unattainable from cloud providers.
Retaining infrastructure control internally also allows instant fixes and improvements to how data storage is structured. The larger the cloud provider, the harder it is to request fixes or customization.
4. Internet/Bandwidth Restrictions
For these situations, hardwired internal databases are often the most productive and efficient solution available.
Do you choose to host your survey data in-house? Let us know why YOU have made that choice in the comments section below.