Look Beneath the Surface: On-Premise Software vs. Cloud Computing
In the modern world, business technology is always changing, so when it comes to making the right choice for your business, you must consider the long-term effects technology will have on your business. As a leader at your company, you must use the most secure, helpful, and user-friendly systems that make your business more efficient. One of the most important decisions you make is whether you should migrate your server or chose a true cloud solution.
The better investment for your business is cloud computing. Here are the top five reasons why businesses should update their on-premise system to a cloud-based system:
1. Initial Costs.
A cloud-based system saves you money. With cloud-based systems, you only need to implement the software to your requirements and then it can be accessed through the internet. The implementation processes, in turn, is much shorter than an on-premise solution. When you add up the costs of procuring and deploying cloud-based technology, it is a fraction of the cost of an on-premise solution.
On-premise systems require hardware maintenance and repairs. Cloud services require none of that and offer multiple timed incremental backups. Restoring and backing up data are taken care of by data centers instead of your company having to do it in house.
On-premise systems require regular checkups to avoid downtime and can be prone to more data loss in emergencies. With an on-premise solution, you require dedicated IT support to administer checkups and regular backups. In addition to an IT staff, your hardware and servers will need proper ventilation as well as repairs from time to time.
3. Total Cost of Ownership
On-premise solutions have initial licensing, customization, implementation, hardware, IT personnel, maintenance, and training costs associated with them whereas a cloud-based solution has the subscription fee, implementation, customization, and training costs associated with it. This means the only ongoing cost of a cloud-based system is the subscription fee whereas on-premise solutions have fixes, patches, upgrades, performance tuning, customization rewrites, and integration rewrites all to consider as ongoing costs.
In addition to all of this, rooms for servers, hardware, and your IT team are required when using an on-premise system. The rooms need to be properly ventilated as well as temperature and humidity-controlled. In a cloud-based system, there is no need for extra controlled physical space.
4. Upgrades and Customizations
Cloud service providers offer seamless upgrades that ensure that you are using the most up-to-date version of your solution. There is no need for reimplementation or re-customization. With on-premise solutions, you often need to re-customize as the software upgrades which usually causes ample downtime.
The amount of time you spend deploying a cloud solution is only a fraction of the time it takes to deploy an on-premise solution. Since no additional hardware is required, there is no wasted time around procuring and installing IT infrastructure.
Cloud-based systems allow you to add more users as your business grows without much thought because they are built to ensure maximum network performance and are adaptive to your needs. On-premise setups rely on your in-house servers which can be easily outgrown which requires you to buy and install more hardware. This, in turn, takes up the time of your IT department.
By moving away from on-premise software, you save so much more time and money in the long run. Choosing a cloud-based option means your company will benefit from continuous provider updates and service management options. When compared to cloud-based technology, on-premise solutions just don’t add up if your company values their time and resources.
Thinking about migrating your server? Trying to decide whether you should go with a cloud-based solution or an on-premise solution? In either case, the choice is easy: upgrade to a cloud-based solution today.