#Asia The startup guide to cloud: How to build your business in the cloud


At the crossroad, do you choose public or private; on-premise or hybrid; IaaS or PaaS?


For cash-strapped early stage startups, building a server infrastructure from the ground up and maintaining it is too costly and time-consuming. Besides hardware costs, you have to factor in air-conditioning and ventilation (servers heat up real fast!) and electricity. On average, companies spend about US$1,470 per month on on-premise server costs.

Thankfully, the advent of cloud technology has enabled many to host their platform remotely. These are also known as pay-as-you-go cloud ”as a Service”. By comparison, businesses can expect to spend only an average of US$314 per month using cloud servers.

In fact, given the number of cloud providers in the market, the question for most startups has changed from, “Can we get the technology we need?” to “What type of cloud infrastructure will best suit our needs from a performance and control perspective?”

Cloud vendors provide a variety of hosting options and add-ons. For startups, choosing a suitable cloud provider can be a complicated process. For example, choosing between an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) setup.

If you’re a startup and want to understand the difference between IaaS and PaaS or, how you can go about selecting the right cloud provider and which setup best suits your business, download the whitepaper below:


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