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Should early stage founders ignore the endless debate about server infrastructure? To some extent, yes: The investors we spoke to give entrepreneurs the blessing of not thinking too much about spending on the cloud in their early days. But the rise of machine learning makes us doubt that the answers may change soon. – I
Bare metal, refinished
If you had a sense of déjà vu this week when David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH) announced that the 37signals for Basecamp and Hey’s parent company were Leave the cloudYou’re not alone: the debate about the pros and cons of cloud infrastructure sometimes seems stuck in an endless loop.
It’s certainly not the first time I’ve heard 37signals’ primary argument: that “computer rentals are (mostly) a bad deal for mid-sized companies like ours with stable growth.”
In fact, both DHH and . logic detractors It reminds me so strongly of the discussion years ago that expense management company Expensify sparked it when it defended its choice to switch to a non-metallic system—running its own servers.
However, it would be a mistake to think that the parameters of cloud versus in-company discussion have remained unchanged.
As a Boldstart Ventures partner Shomek Ghosh In our Cloud Investor Survey, we noticed that there is more to the workplace these days than running your own servers. Regardless of the debate, I think most of us can agree that bare metal isn’t for everyone, which is why it’s interesting to see common ground emerge.
In terms of terminology, I think on-prem should also be called ‘modern on-prem,’ which was coined by Replicated, because it addresses not only self-managed metal servers but also virtual private clouds, etc., said Ghosh.