On-prem Infrastructure VS Cloud Computing - Which One Is Right For You?



By EVC Ventures on Sep 5th

Amidst the recent hype around cloud computing, many enterprises consider it as the new wave for the future. Where many are joining the herd and shifting from on-premises to cloud computing blindly, considering every nitty-gritty to know if this is the right option for you is imperative. Let’s not simply jump in the pool like others, rather consider few things before deploying the sought shift for your industry or organization. It might be the best thing you do today or might turn the otherwise!

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What Is On-premises Infrastructure?

On-premises or on-prem infrastructure is a solution that is deployed within the organization or the organization’s data center in a traditional manner. In this, physical storage of servers and applications take place on-site. Organizations, being the physical host, are responsible for all the maintenance, system updates, power delivery, and cooling equipment, etc.

And What Is Cloud Computing?

In cloud computing, an organization can store and access the data, programs, and applications over the internet. Organizations do not need to opt for in-house data centers to store or manage the same. This is a hosted solution and only the service providers are responsible for the storage, security, maintenance, or other related networking operations.

Deployment & Scary Updates

While deploying on-premises application, an organization needs to consider all the hardware and staff requirements to establish the same. Thus, massive amount of money and time is required for the sought installation. Not only this, you must be prepared for a year or even more for proper deployment before taking it live.

However, the same is not true when we talk about cloud computing. Once the organization is all set for the shift, within a month, employees can start using the same. There is no need to buy any hardware and all the future upgrades take place without a hitch and that too can happen in no time.

CAPEX VS OPEX Model

While working on on-Prem applications, the initial cost is massive and so is the risk of deploying the same. A large capital outlay to purchase software and hardware is required, howbeit, that otherwise can be used for other critical organizational initiatives. Talking about the finances, do not forget the add-on expenses organizations need to incur, like the costing for space, data center setups, maintenance cost, dedicated IT personnel, among others. Thus, the overall strain on the corporate finances may not be ideal for every organization. Agree?

On the other hand, cloud computing works on an OPEX costing model, where amount is paid on regular intervals, creating less stress on the corporate finances. Apart from this, organizations don’t need to worry about add-on expenses, like the maintenance cost, cost for hiring dedicated IT personnel, additional hardware installations, etc. This eventually enables the cash utilization for other business initiatives and foreseeable projects & investments.

Are You Taking Security Into Consideration?

This is one of the most vital factors for every organization. Security is indeed the foremost! However, this cannot be defined and limited to a specific count either. If we discuss the on-prem application, the security is in the hands of the organization. The entire control is in the hands of the dedicated IT professionals.

On the other hand, if we talk about cloud computing, the scenario doesn’t seem to differ a lot. Here, security is in the hands of the service providers. Many service providers are quite rigorous when it comes to security measures and physical storage is another option to escape from data loss crisis. Still and all, many organizations may not feel comfortable trusting on the service providers completely.

Which One Is Meant For You?

Now, let’s go back to square one and think; which one is the best suited for you? Only the organizational needs and requirements can best answer this question. If you are just going to opt for a lift and shift model, you may end up facing a lot of problems and capital loss. Ergo, introduce the change after knowing the organizational needs and structure. Plan it first, then deploy!

If you’re still in dilemma, opt for a hybrid solution; best of both worlds. You can choose to keep local control over the sensitive data by using on-prem and deploy the other data available on the cloud. Eventually, you can decide which one is the best option for you or even stay with the chosen way out. I’d say, just pick a small pilot and take it from there. What do you think, which one will you support?