Turnkey Automated Cloud Infrastructure vs. In-House Systems—Which One is Better?

Jun 13, 2024

Can’t decide between a turnkey approach to deploying automated cloud infrastructure or building one in-house? A leading DevOps consulting firm breaks down the benefits of each.

An automated cloud infrastructure is no longer the preserve of large enterprises. Any company, from startups to SMEs with complex IT systems, can leverage automation to improve and scale their operations.

For SMEs, for example, automated cloud systems could solve the issue of limited manpower, as routine operations can be managed by a smaller team. And for e-commerce companies, this type of cloud infrastructure means having the capability to scale resources up or down in time with varying customer demand.

"But enabling automation is not that easy, especially for companies lacking DevOps talent," said John Hardiman of cloud consulting firm SlickFinch. "Often, it's more cost-effective to go with turnkey solutions instead of trying to build from scratch."

Is a readymade automated system indeed preferable over one built in-house? Let's take a look at the pros and cons of each route.


Between the two options, the turnkey approach seems to have the upper hand when it comes to predictable pricing, as monthly costs remain fixed throughout one's engagement with the provider. "For those who want to keep it simple, this is the clear choice," Hardiman added.

An in-built system, however, might be more cost-effective in the long run. How? Although this path has a higher entry cost, long-term maintenance costs tend to be lower compared to paying a third-party consultant, resulting in more savings over time.

DevOps Expertise

Building in-house can also have long-term benefits in terms of developing internal expertise. This endeavor requires talent in Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, and others, and while the outlay needed to develop in-house talent with expertise and certification in various cloud services can be significant, it can benefit organizations in the form of long-term support from a highly capable internal team.

"Internally formed teams also have the benefit of having full control and ownership of the systems they built," Hardiman said. "This means that they have more freedom and are not locked in by their vendor."

Hardiman, however, said that the downside of this approach is cost, making it only viable for larger organizations. "For startups or SMEs with limited budgets, a turnkey approach offers access to DevOps expertise without the need for massive spend."


In-house cloud infrastructure can be customized to scale in a way that precisely addresses specific demands. Moreover, internally built systems can be designed to integrate seamlessly with existing infrastructure and business applications, preventing compatibility issues.

"Building in-house is preferable to organizations who favor customization and control over ease of use," Hardiman said. "But again, the issue of talent is present here."

He further explained that hiring talent, like Kubernetes engineers, requires not just a hefty price tag but also time, as onboarding can take months. "If you want to deploy your system as fast as possible, a DIY approach is probably not the best option."

Hardiman said that turnkey automated cloud systems typically have pricing models that allow organizations to scale up or down based on demand, which eliminates the need for a massive upfront investment. "Is this the better option? If you want a truly automated system that demands very little from you and your team, turnkey should be your priority."

This content is provided in partnership with SlickFinch and is intended for informational purposes only. The views, opinions, and advice expressed in this article are solely those of SlickFinch and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of any other individual, organization, or entity.

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