Digital Planet: Cloud Computing vs On Premise

What’s the primary function of a Company? Its primary function is to increase revenue and make cold hard cash – a lot of it. No matter what enterprise it is, they need to keep their data and information centralized for easy access. Companies can decide to go cloud computing (SaaS) or on premise computing route. As with any two things, there are pros and cons for both.

In order to recognize if either of these are the right choice for an enterprise and maximize potential – the first approach one should take is to come up with a well-developed strategy.

Isn’t a cloud those white fuzzy looking things in the sky? Yes, those are clouds, but this is SaaS – a different type of cloud. SaaS (Software as a service) run on distant computers “in the cloud” that are owned and operated by others and that connect users’ computers via the Internet, and usually, a web browser,” according to IBM. On-premise deployment of data is when software is hosted within the company itself, and data is stored in-house.

Cloud computing has been popular in recent years, due to the many positive reasons that It can help a business increase productivity, and grow. The first pro to going the cloud route is that it’s at more of a reduced cost than on premise. Louis Columbus of Forbes writes, “When you have your application running in the cloud, your IT staff doesn’t have to worry about servers, networking and operating system software support.” All of those components are taken care of by the cloud host company – which means you save time and money.

Computers at work are already filled up with so many programs, and misc. data – users don’t want to add any more to decrease the speed. They won’t have to worry about installing anything if your company decides to choose the cloud. All of the data that needs to be accessible are at the users’ fingertips without taking up valuable space. As for on premise, the company will have the users download the applications they need.

Lastly, another pro to using the cloud is that a user can carry out easy mobile computing. Companies have very complicated security protocols, which is designed to keep hackers or others from getting into their network. This is exactly what mobile users need so company data can’t be copied, manipulated or exploited. “Access authorizations are taken care of effortlessly in the cloud,” according to Columbus of Forbes.

On-premise computing also has its positives, and how they can impact a company greatly. The first and most important aspect is that companies have complete control of their information, unlike the cloud. It’s easily accessible, and it’s all internal. “Companies don’t need to go through their provider for access and are able to manage everything in-house” via Gregory Belt of Data Center Knowledge.

That being said, another pro for on premise users is that they don’t have to play by the cloud providers rules. Since access is quick and easy, this is an ideal solution if an enterprise wanted to take advantage of on premise data solutions. Many of the cloud suites can’t be modified to suit whatever the customer needs, which can affect the companies’ competitive edge.

Another positive to going with on premise computing solution is the control of data. The US Patriot Act can require some companies to keep their data within the boundaries of the United States, according to Forbes. Since that’s in place, it can limit cloud companies from deploying applications close to the user. The on- premise solution is best when an enterprise needs to keep sensitive and information local.

Choosing cloud computing or an on premise solution can be difficult, especially since both have pros and cons and can ultimately dictate successes of the enterprise. Cloud computing can be a good decision because of its lower cost, there’s nothing to install, and easy mobile computing.

On the other hand, the good things about on premise computing are that users have complete control over the information and the eyes who see it, and they don’t have to play by the cloud providers’ rules – to be able to access information at any time without restriction.

Whatever direction that these companies decided to go in, relates to what they really want to get out of either platform. There’s always going to be a better solution- and that’s the one which will help the enterprise achieve their goals, gain success, and ultimately increase revenue.

By “clegner”


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