Building Security: Cloud Vs. On-Premises

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Research shows that most public security incidents that occurred over the last year have been mainly the fault of the customer. That’s why it’s more important now than ever to understand the key differences between cloud and on-premises security. The debate used to be focused on which option was more secure. However, it is now widely accepted that any differences between the two are based on APIs and shared responsibility.
Understanding both, including their subtle nuances, is the first step for any cloud program to mature. In today’s IT world, there are several factors organizations must consider identifying if their cloud infrastructure is the right fit. On the other hand, there are a lot of organizations that struggle to shift towards cloud and stick to on-premise applications and software for their business operations.

Making the Case: Cloud Vs. On-Premises

It’s not a surprise to learn that cloud computing has grown in popularity, and its allure and promise provides new flexibility for enterprises. It has transformed organizations by saving time and improving scalability and agility at the same time.
On the other hand, on-premise software, which is installed on the servers of the company and is behind its firewall was the only choice for businesses for many years. They are secure, reliable, and allow the organization to maintain a higher level of control, which is something they wouldn’t manage through the cloud.
Most businesses still haven’t shifted towards cloud and still prefer on-premise solutions because if it isn’t broken, why fix it?
However, IT decision-makers today all agree that they will need to use new cloud and SaaS applications for securing their business and achieving their long-term goals.
  • On-Premises Applications and Software

It doesn’t matter if a company places its applications in the cloud or chooses to keep them on its premises, because their priority will always be data security. However, businesses in highly regulated industries may not even need to choose between cloud and on-premises software as the decision may already be made for them. The knowledge that your data is stored in your in-house servers and IT infrastructure offers peace of mind as well.

On-premise software would require a license or a copy of the software to use it. Since the software is licensed, and the software is placed on the premises of the organization, there is greater protection on offer than you could ever get with a cloud computing infrastructure. So, if a company requires extra security, why should it opt for the cloud?

The only downside of on-premise environments is the high costs associated with the maintenance and management of the solution. It’s way higher than the cloud computing environment because you will need in-house server hardware, software licenses, integration capabilities, and IT employees on hand to manage and support potential problems.

  • Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is very different from on-premises software, with one major difference being that there is going to be a third-party provider who will host all that for you. That means companies may choose to pay on an as-needed basis and effectively scale down or scale up their operations depending on the growth of the business, user requirements, and usage.

The biggest selling point of cloud solutions is its accessibility from anywhere you may be. As workers demand flexibility from their employers, and businesses embrace this concept, cloud solutions are paramount to making this a win-win for all involved.

Cloud-based servers use virtual technology for hosting a company’s applications offsite, and there are no capital expenses. Data can be backed up regularly, and businesses only pay for the resources they use. Organizations that plan aggressive expansions on a global basis will benefit from the cloud as it makes it easier to connect with partners, customers, and other businesses all over the world.

One constant is that technology continuously marches forward. Technology purchased today can often be obsolete as soon as you start to use it. With cloud solutions, you’ll be using the latest version of your chosen solution. In this way, cloud solutions are “future proof.” On-Prem solutions can be updated as needed, but this requires lengthy and costly software installation.

The financial aspect of most cloud solutions is that they follow a subscription pricing model, requiring your organization to budget every month or year. People from the “answer” side of Q&A tech support can attest to the fact that cloud solutions are much easier to support when customers call with questions or issues. 

However, what that means to you as the customer is that your questions can most often be answered much more quickly and accurately than can be done with an on-prem solution.

 

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