Will the rising popularity of Cloud-Based Solutions cause the end of On-premise infrastructure?
The recent years have witnessed the rising need for business availability, data recovery and increased accessibility. The preferred solution to all thesewere the on-premise solutions. However, On-premise solutions were restricted to the on-site infrastructure, so many companies and entities preferred moving to cloud alternatives.
So does the preference for Cloud based solutions indicate the end of on-premise solutions. Let us analyze both these solutions.
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The basic difference between On-Premise and Cloud model is where the software resides. While we install the On-premise software locally at the client’s computers and servers, Cloud software is hosted on the Solution provider’s server and can be accessed using a web-browser.
While Cloud comes with its own advantage of freedom of hardware constraints, easily accessible and affordable, On-premise solutions allow you complete control over your data and assures no hinderance caused by lost internet connectivity.
Advantages of Cloud model:
Access Anywhere and anytime – All applications can be can accessed anytime and anywhere via a web browser from any device.
Affordable – Cloud does not require any infrastructural costs and you pay only for maintenance and support.
Predictable expenses – The monthly payments arepredictable covering software licences, upgrades, support and daily back-ups.
Worry-free IT – All upgrades, compatibility and hardware is maintained by the SAAS provider.
High security levels – Data centres employ security measures beyond the affordability of most businesses; therefore, your data is often safer in the cloud than on a server in your offices.
Quick to deploy – Cloud-based software is deployed over the Internet in a matter of hours/days because, compared to on premise applications which needs to be installed on the physical server and each PC or laptop.
Scalable – Cloud technologies provide greater flexibility as you only pay for what you use and can easily scale to meet demand, for example adding and scaling back licences
Save power expenses – When you move to the cloud, you no longer have to pay to power on-premise servers or to maintain their environment. This significantly reduces the amount you pay on your energy bills.
Connectivity – Cloud solutions require reliable internet access for you to remain productive.
Long-term costs – Although requiring a lower upfront investment, cloud applications can be more costly over the course of the system’s life cycle, increasing total cost of ownership.
Less customisable – Cloud software is typically configurable but depending on how it is hosted a cloud solution may not be able to cope with complex development.
So how do you choose?
Different businesses have their varied requirements and should thus choose between On Premise or Cloud-based Solution accordingly.
There are a number of questions to ask yourself before deployment of the perfect solution.
If you need flexible, reliable and secure data access, Cloud will be a better solution.
If you require frequent and complex customization, On-premise will be a preferable option.
If You want access to data from a variety of devices and from multiple locations, your option should be Cloud based.
If Internet connectivity is a matter of concern at your location, you should choose On-premise model.