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Affordable Private Cloud Hosting vs. Azure: A Cost Comparison for SMEs

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

In this blog, we'll explore the reasons why hosting virtual servers with Azure can be expensive for SMEs and why Global Network System's private cloud is becoming the new go too, budget-friendly alternative for the South African SME.




In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are continuously seeking cost-effective IT solutions that don't compromise on performance or security. When it comes to hosting virtual servers, many SMEs have traditionally turned to Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform. However, the landscape is changing, and Global Network Systems (GNS) is emerging as the new affordable choice for SMEs, thanks to our private cloud hosting solution hosted in our Tier3 data center. In this blog, we'll explore the reasons why hosting virtual servers with Azure can be expensive for SMEs and why GNS's private cloud is becoming the preferred, budget-friendly alternative.


According to a News24 article: "More and more businesses are embracing digital solutions, seeking efficiency, agility, and personalised service, to help them innovate and grow, but to also meet the many challenges they face every single day. By using the power of technology, they can free up their limited time and focus on the core function of the business."


Lets dive into the benefits of GNS Private Cloud Solutions.


1. Pay-as-You-Go vs. Predictable Pricing

Azure offers a pay-as-you-go pricing model, which can be great for larger enterprises with fluctuating resource needs. However, for SMEs with more predictable workloads, this can lead to unpredictably high monthly bills. GNS's private cloud provides a predictable pricing structure tailored to your specific needs, helping SMEs better manage their IT budgets.


2. Hidden Costs of Azure

While Azure may seem cost-effective on the surface, there are often hidden costs that can add up quickly. These include data transfer fees, storage costs, and expenses related to scaling up or down. GNS's private cloud eliminates these hidden costs by offering transparent pricing with no surprises.


3. Scalability with Control

Azure is designed to accommodate the scalability needs of large enterprises, which can be overkill for SMEs. GNS's private cloud allows SMEs to scale their resources as needed while maintaining complete control over their environment. This means you only pay for what you use, optimizing cost-efficiency.


4. Performance and Support

While Azure is known for its robust performance, it may come at a premium cost that SMEs can't always justify. GNS's private cloud ensures high-performance hosting without the premium price tag. Additionally, our dedicated support team is always ready to assist you, providing personalized attention to your needs.


5. Security and Compliance

Data security and compliance are paramount, especially for SMEs that may lack the resources to manage these aspects effectively. GNS's private cloud offers robust security measures and compliance features tailored to SME requirements, ensuring peace of mind without the hefty price.


6. Local Data Sovereignty

For SMEs operating in certain industries or regions, local data sovereignty is crucial. Azure's data centers are often located far from the SME's base, leading to latency issues and compliance challenges. GNS's Tier3 data center in South Africa ensures data sovereignty and low-latency access.


7. Personalized Interaction and Support

One of the distinct advantages of choosing GNS Private Cloud is the level of personalized interaction and support we offer to SMEs. We understand that every business is unique, and your IT needs may require a tailored approach. With GNS, you're not just a number in a vast cloud ecosystem.


We provide direct, one-on-one engagement through telephone consultations, virtual meetings, and even in-person consultations when needed. Our team is committed to understanding your specific requirements, addressing your concerns promptly, and guiding you through every step of your cloud journey. With GNS, you're not just a client; you're a valued partner, and we're dedicated to your success.


In conclusion, hosting virtual servers with Azure can be expensive and challenging for SMEs. The good news is that GNS's private cloud solution, hosted in our Tier3 data center, offers a cost-effective alternative without compromising on performance, security, or scalability. It's time for SMEs to explore this affordable choice and experience the benefits of a private cloud designed to meet their specific needs. Contact GNS today to learn more about how our private cloud hosting can transform your business.


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