On-premise servers are here to stay

On-premise servers are here to stay

Despite growing adoption of IaaS technology, 98% of businesses still run on-premises server hardware and 72% of businesses plan to purchase new server hardware within the next three years. This is according to Spiceworks' 2019 State of Servers report, which discovered that servers will account for 12% of business' hardware budgets this year.

While there has been an unmistakable move towards the cloud, on-premise server hardware continues to be vital to businesses, with the vast majority of respondents planning to purchase servers for the foreseeable future, even if they're also venturing into virtualisation.

"Research shows that physical servers are still vital to the overwhelming majority of organisations, and for good reason," says Peter Tsai, a senior tech analyst at Spiceworks. "Businesses still need to purchase physical servers to run virtual machines on premises. Also, cloud infrastructure is not a perfect fit for all workloads due to potential challenges - such as latency or lack of connectivity, loss of control, security concerns, legacy systems and cost."

Russell Smith, a Solution Architect at Pulsant, agrees, adding that the choice to go on-premise often has to do with particular requirements around interoperability as well as supporting a long-term investment structure.

"As an example, businesses with an automated factory line or manufacturing process will be tied into hardware that has been accredited to support these processes. Hardware vendors will have most likely gone through extensive testing and certification to ensure that the hardware will operate with particular third-party systems," he says.

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Keri Allan

Keri Allan is a freelance journalist and editor who has been covering the engineering and technology sector for over 15 years, writing for titles including E&T Magazine, The Engineer and Arabian Computer News.

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