Cloud Vs Data Center, What’s the Difference?


Difference between Cloud and Data Center – As an IT company, you are required to always update new ways of working with current technology. This sometimes makes you stressed. Especially if management wants major changes to the technology your company currently uses.

One of the technologies that is currently experiencing improvement in Indonesia is cloud computing. In Indonesia, cloud service users are increasing. According to IDC (International Data Corporation) data, the average growth of the cloud market industry in Indonesia is in the range of 22-36% per year.

In Europe alone 60% of companies use cloud technology to store company data. Before you decide whether your company is ready to switch to cloud computing, then you need to learn what the cloud is, how is it different from a traditional data center?

All right, let’s get started.


What is cloud computing technology?

Cloud computing or cloud computing is a computing system that functions as storage, management, processing of data on servers via the internet as a medium.


What is a data center?

Data center literally means data center. Thus, the data center is a place to store a large group of computer server networks that are used to store, process, and distribute large amounts of data.


Basic Differences between Cloud and Data Center


Basically the cloud and data center have the same function, namely storing, processing, and distributing data.

The difference is only in physical and non-physical forms. Cloud is an off premise (non-physical) form of data storage over the internet. While the data center is a form of on premise (physical) data storage on hardware. It’s like you choose to keep your money in the bank or in your safe.


Are Cloud and Data Center Related?

Even though you use the cloud to store data, basically you are also storing your data in the data center of the cloud service provider. Cloud requires a data center as a place to store data.

Data → Cloud Server → Data center

For cloud-hosting needs, cloud providers usually create data centers in several local locations to keep data accessible quickly and avoid network failures in the event of natural disasters and so on.

Then how do you know that your company needs cloud computing technology instead of building its own data center? You can know this by comparing the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing and data center by adjusting to the needs of your company.


Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing vs Data Center


The problem that often arises in information technology is the lack of storage memory. The more activities you do, the more memory will be consumed. This supports cloud computing as a solution to the above problems.

Cloud computing is a cloud-based system where users will process computing data via the internet. Cloud computing users do not need to install applications because the internet will send their computing requests to the central server and then the internet will send it back (feedback) from the central server to the user in the form of orders for processing data.

To perform cloud computing, users simply log in using an account on the internet to process data, so users will not be burdened with memory because the data is stored virtually on the internet. Users can also do it anytime and without time limit as long as they are connected to the internet.


  1. Business Needs

If your company needs a computing system that gives full control over data control and other components then having your own company data center will be more suitable. You can estimate the strength of your own computing system infrastructure and can customize complex types of applications and workloads. This is the advantage of the data center.

However, the weakness of the data center is that if your company wants to change or increase the amount of storage and workload, then you have to buy and install more equipment and it takes a long time.

While the advantages of cloud computing, if you use a cloud system, then you can adjust your data storage capacity (change or add) easily on the cloud provider. The downside of the cloud is that you just can’t have as much control over managing the data center as you have your own.


  1. Cloud vs Data Center Costs

Like the concept that cloud computing is a service to rent a place for data storage, the company does not need time and capital to build it. Meanwhile, to build a data center you will need deep and detailed planning to build and maintain the infrastructure.

Cloud computing will obviously save on server maintenance costs, air conditioning, IT salaries with high expertise and others.


  1. Data Security (Cloud security vs Data Center security)

You can access the data center virtually or physically where you build it. Of course the data center will be more secure, because you are the one who builds, manages, and accesses it. However, it also depends on how you grant access rights to certain trustworthy people.

Cloud involves external parties in data storage and management. So it is clear that the cloud is more at risk of being attacked. Because you entrust your data to a third party who may not have a creative security certification

However, this does not mean that all cloud providers are unreliable. The proof is that today’s large European companies have mostly adopted cloud computing systems in their companies.

But again, it depends on your way of sorting out which cloud provider is the safest to store your data.


Cloud Computing with Google Provider


Did you know that Google stores all of its company data in their own data center and builds its own cloud system? In addition, Google has also launched cloud computing services for your company, which are safe and secure.

G Suite is a Google service that brings apps for work for companies so that they work more productively and efficiently by using a cloud computing system. Not only that, Google also launched GCP (Google Cloud Platform) as a larger cloud computing data storage solution.



Coud computing is a method for many types of services on the internet, ranging from applications for data storage, servers, databases, software, and networks. Its utilization is also claimed to facilitate all types of work and does not have to use a large infrastructure.


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