Should we stay on premise or move the cloud? It’s a common question for businesses of all sizes. In fact, these days it seems like all anyone talks about is getting on the cloud.
Of course, the cloud can be an attractive and lower-cost option for businesses, especially those who feel they lack access to a full IT staff. However, you can’t rely on one model or system to meet the needs of businesses everywhere.
To help you decide whether to stay or go, we’ve compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages of on-premise and cloud services for comparison.
Advantages and Disadvantages of the Cloud
There’s no denying the cloud is a popular option. Here’s what this model brings to the table:
- Reduced need for support staff
- Less on-site storage
- No servers
- Cost effective
- Tasks and operations done by third parties
- Chance to use the latest technology available
However, the cloud isn’t a perfect choice for every business. Be aware of these disadvantages when making your decision:
- Possibility for off-site fail
- Confidentiality and breach concerns
- Cost of customization to meet needs of business
- Access to sensitive data by third parties
- Cost of reverting to on-premise if needed in the future
Advantages and Disadvantages of Staying On-Premise
Larger organizations may choose to stay on-premise (or ‘on-premises’ for usage nerds) for the following reasons:
- Specific security needs
- Better control of documents and information
- Need for internal storage
- Compliance with regulations
- On-staff support
- Easier integration with custom systems
While getting everything on-site may seem like your easiest option, you may have to troubleshoot the following problems if you decide to go this route:
- On-site server damage
- Initial cost and set up
- Storage space
- Cost of support staff
- Need for software licenses
Making the Decision
When you cut through the hype of the newest thing, there’s nothing wrong with staying on-premise. While many people are claiming the cloud is the only way to go, staying put can be a wise option if you need a lot of security and control.
Not having to worry about third-party tampering or even outright theft is important for maintaining the confidentiality of your business’s information.
Staying on-premise also offers opportunities for the internal review of data to meet regulations and laws as well as keeping up with regular upgrades and maintenance. With competent IT support, you’ll have the right people there to provide ongoing assistance and troubleshoot when a problem occurs.
As for cost, as mentioned above, on-premises services do typically require greater upfront costs. However, you can spread out those costs over time and use your IT team to pinpoint where reductions can be made.
As for SaaS models, there is potential for personalization, and you can often select from options to customize. These add-ons may require premium payment and generate greater support needs. For smaller businesses on a budget, SaaS models require upfront less capital and can be added into a monthly budget.
Of course, it’s also possible to pursue a hybrid model.
For companies that have a lot of data, it may be useful to use a secure backup to store some documents. Files that need internal review and oversight can be kept on-premise.
This hybrid system allows organizations to mix and match the best elements of each service.
At SYGNVS, we use our expertise and knowledge in IT services to offer the appropriate integrated solutions for your business. If you’re wondering whether to stay on-premises or go for the cloud, contact our team for a consultation.