Cloud vs. Traditional Computing

Cloud vs. Traditional Computing

Difference between Cloud Computing and Traditional Computing

Generally speaking, when comparing Cloud Computing to Traditional Computing it is important to understand that most comparisons are based on the needs of traditional computing based on an Enterprise Network as opposed to the requirements for a small office that require a much smaller networking infrastructure. In the boating industry, most businesses require the needs of a small network. Boating businesses that require an Enterprise Network are rare, but it is important to understand the concepts of both. At the conclusion of this article, we will point out the cost comparisons of both computing services.

‘Cloud hosting vs traditional hosting’ is a complicated question that depends on a variety of factors unique to each client. Thus, deciding whether to choose cloud hosting or traditional hosting is a case-by-case basis.

Although cloud hosting is a growing force in Internet storage and website creation, traditional hosting users should not be worried. Traditional hosting still provides a wide array of benefits that will make it relevant for many years to come.

Numerous business owners the world over, across almost the entire spectrum of industries, simply want a reliable, scalable, and cost-effective IT solution. Every organization needs secure storage space, where their data and applications are protected, easily accessible, and operational costs are kept as low as possible.

Selecting an IT model is an extremely important decision as it will have far-reaching impacts on your company. When it comes to business computing and the delivery of applications and software, the cloud is the new frontier and its reliability, scalability, and cost-effectiveness are positioning it to overtake traditional in-house systems. However, there are many businesses that still rely heavily on traditional models for security and managerial reasons, and they have designed traditional IT infrastructures with their own powerful data centers.
But should they consider migrating at least some of that workload to the cloud? Look at the interesting facts we’ve pulled together and get a better understanding of the benefits of such a move.

Cloud Computing:

Cloud Computing, as name suggests, is collective combination of configurable system resources and advanced service that can be delivered quickly using internet. It simply provides lower power expenses, no capital costs, no redundancy, lower employee costs, increased collaboration, etc. It makes us more efficient, more secure, and provide greater flexibility.

  • It refers to delivery of different services such as data and programs through internet on different servers.
  • It takes place on third-party servers that is hosted by third-party hosting companies.
  • It can access data anywhere at any time by user.
  • It is more cost effective as compared to traditional computing as operation and maintenance of server is shared among several parties that in turn reduce cost of public services.
  • It is more user-friendly as compared to traditional computing because user can have access to data anytime anywhere using internet.
  • It requires fast reliable and stable internet connection to access information anywhere at any time.
  • It provides more storage space and servers as well as more computing power so that applications and software run must faster and effectively.
  • It also provides scalability and elasticity i.e., one can increase or decrease storage capacity, server resources, etc., according to business needs.
  • Cloud service is served by provider’s support team.
  • Software is offered as an on-demand service (SaaS) that can be accessed through subscription service.
  • NOTE TO CONSIDER: Because cloud computing relies on the internet, your internet connection can have an impact on performance due to poor or slower internet connection speeds.

Traditional Computing:

With traditional data centers, the server and related hardware are typically housed onsite, and employees connect to a network to access the organization’s applications and stored data. This IT model has always been considered one of the most secure solutions and it allows the organization to have full control of their data and applications on the on-premises server.

Small Office Computing vs. Enterprise Computing

Small office computing has a character quite different from the computing environments that support large organizations, often called enterprise networks. Enterprise networks may have thousands of users, and involve a complex array of servers, mainframe systems, wide-area network links and the like. An enterprise network may serve multiple geographical locations and multiple buildings at each location. It is not unusual for an enterprise network to include several thousand devices. Such a network relies on a backbone network that channels data among locations and local area networks at each site. An enterprise network includes sophisticated equipment that must be maintained by highly trained network administrators.

Smaller organizations have more modest computing and networking requirements. They might have a dozen or so computers and a few laser printers. The network for the small office must allow members of the organization to share information, as well as printers and other peripherals. The computing needs of most small organizations can be met by a single LAN with one or two servers, using off-the-shelf components. Unlike the enterprise network, a small office LAN usually can be managed by one person with only moderate technical knowledge and experience.
While the small office network doesn’t match the scale of its enterprise cousin, many of the same issues apply to both. The design of a small network must be simple, yet functional, secure, and scalable. As the business grows, the network must easily expand with it. Even if the scale of the initial environment is small, avoid making technology decisions that might limit your company as it expands. With small office networks they can be configured in two basic formats. Client-Server, and Peer-to-Peer.
Client–server networking involves a central, powerful computer called a server, and several client computers that need to connect to the server to carry out specific tasks.
In peer-to-peer networking, there is no central server. Instead, all the computers in the network have equivalent capabilities. Normally one computer in the peer-to-peer network can serve as the server while continuing to operate as a workstation.

  • It refers to delivery of different services on local server.
  • It takes place on physical hard drives and website servicers.
  • User can access data only on system in which data is stored.
  • It is less cost effective as compared to cloud computing because one must buy expensive equipment to operate and maintain the server.
  • It is less user-friendly as compared to cloud computing because data cannot be accessed anywhere and if user must access data in another system, then he need to save it in external storage medium.
  • It does not require any internet connection to access data or information.
  • It provides less storage as compared to cloud computing.
  • It does not provide any scalability and elasticity.
  • It requires own team to maintain and monitor system that will need a lot of time and efforts.
  • Software in purchased individually for every user and requires to be updated periodically.


Nautical Software Solution understands the pros and cons of both computing technologies. We know that some people only want cloud computing, while others like to keep their server on premises. Therefore, NSS offers both technologies with the same software functionality and services regardless of which network technology is best for you.

When comparing cloud computing to traditional computing with enterprise networks, the cost of cloud computing is less expensive due to the infrastructure required to maintain and support an enterprise network. However, when comparing cloud computing to small network traditional computing, the initial cost of implementing cloud computing is less expensive up front, however the typical small business will spend more for cloud computing over time. Most businesses will budget the cost of cloud services into their budget as a cost of doing business and enjoy the benefits of accessing their database from anywhere.
It is important to note that for traditional computing clients NSS provides daily automatic cloud-backup service at no additional charge. In addition, NSS also offers the option of adding remote access to the office computers for those wishing to work outside the office. This provides access to the company’s data files should they prefer to work from home for example. This provides traditional computing with some benefits of cloud computing.

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