Cloud vs On Premise Comparison Guide - Which Should Your Business Choose?

Tim Hall, Head of Innovation

IT Managers who work at a business that relies on an on-premise environment know how challenging it can be. It’s up to you and your team to monitor, maintain and update every part to ensure operations can run smoothly. If something’s not working, then it’s you who’s called upon to find a solution. 

You might have thought about replacing the existing on-premise environment with a cloud-based solution. If it’s a decision you’re unsure about, then read on for our cloud vs on-premise comparison to make your choice a little easier. 

Cloud vs On-Premise: A Comparison

Security

Making sure data is protected at all times is a key responsibility. A single breach can have serious consequences for your business which is why part of your role involves making sure on-premise systems are kept up-to-date with the latest patches. 

Hackers find exploits in systems, developers fix those exploits and roll out patches to ensure all users are protected. You’re stuck in an endless cycle of patching and rolling replacements, otherwise your network is vulnerable. 

If you didn’t have to spend so much time dealing with the on-premise environment, you’d be able to focus on top-level strategic work and projects that will drive growth. Switching to the cloud will give you this time back. 

The cloud is a more secure option for your business because the providers of cloud-based solutions, like Microsoft, invest heavily in cyber defences. It’s no longer just you having to manage everything through patches and constant maintenance. 

Innovation

No business should ever be standing still. Changes in consumer behaviour and unpredictable market trends mean that businesses need to always be flexible. Otherwise, they’ll find they can’t pivot or adapt as quickly as their competition and fall behind the curve. 

Whatever your industry, your customers or clients want to know they’re working with a business that values innovation. They want to know that you dedicate some of your time and resources to finding new solutions that’ll improve the services you offer to them. 

On-premise solutions are only cutting-edge and market-leading for a short amount of time. Then, the next iteration of a server or machine is released and the one you’re using is out of date and lacking capabilities. 

In comparison, cloud solutions and applications are automatically updated with innovations and new functionality is added all the time. Whatever the size of your business, you’ll be accessing the same cutting-edge features as major organisations, allowing you to utilise the same tools as they are. 

Cost 

When trying to convince management to go either way on any kind of decision, the first question they’ll probably ask will concern cost - which is cheaper? When it comes to this particular comparison, it’s not a question of the total cost but instead, how your business pays. 

When the on-premise environment is upgraded after five or 10 years, it’s a large expense that your business has to pay in one go. On the other hand, switching to the cloud spreads this cost over several months and years.

So, although you’re still paying the same amount after a cloud migration, you’d be accessing brand-new capabilities and expert security features all of the time. It’s a better return on investment for your business. 

Before switching, make sure to consult an MSP. The switch doesn’t have to result in increased costs but that can be the result without the right preparation and analysis. The right MSP will know the most effective course of action to ensure you get the most from the cloud without having to pay for anything you don’t need. 

Finding the Right Cloud Solution

Switching to the cloud reduces your workload, gives you access to cutting-edge security features and ensures your business embraces innovation. However, deciding that the cloud is a good fit for your business is just the first step. 

You’ll need to consider whether you need a public, private or hybrid cloud solution. It might be that the on-premise infrastructure you rely on needs to exist even after you’ve made the switch. 

In fact, many businesses benefit from a mixed environment, taking the best of both options to suit their bespoke needs. 

Migrating to the cloud doesn’t have to be complicated, as long as you seek out the right expert help. MSPs have extensive experience migrating businesses to the cloud and will make sure you find a solution that suits your specific requirements. 

Why You Need an MSP

When it’s working, IT is the platform that your business needs to innovate, expand and thrive. But without the right environment, it can be more of a hindrance than a help. MSPs can be the hidden experts behind the scenes, sharing in the responsibility of managing your IT and giving you the freedom to make sure it’s working as it should be.

For more information on MSPs and how they can help to resolve some of the daily challenges you face, download our free guide now by clicking on the link below. 

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