With the adoption of cloud computing quickly becoming more widespread in the business world, those that haven’t already migrated are probably wondering what the fuss is all about. If you’re still relying on on-premise applications and software, just because that’s the way you’ve always done things, it’s time to think about making the leap to the cloud.
What is cloud computing?
Cloud computing is all about delivering computing services over the internet. You’ve probably been making use of this for years (think Google Drive and Dropbox), but more recently, IT providers are offering Software as a Service (SaaS) to upgrade the way businesses of all sizes operate. Cloud computing is a pay-as-you-go, on-demand service that offers more flexibility and value for money, without the need for excessive software installations or external devices.
Cloud vs. on-premise computing: Let’s weigh it up
At The IT Department, we’re big advocates for anything that’s proven to offer more agility, ease-of-use and value to businesses. So, here’s our (very one-sided) rundown of why cloud computing is better than on-premise alternatives.
- There’s no big upfront investment
On-premise systems require an upfront investment to cover hardware, software licenses and any necessary infrastructure. The investment to set up in the cloud? Zero. You get to tailor your solution to your needs and can pull out at any time if you think it’s not right for your business.
- You only pay for what you use
Cloud solutions are tailored to you, with pricing easily adjusted to suit your consumption. There are no maintenance and upkeep costs, and you always know you’re getting the best deal, since you’re not locked into set “pricing packages”.
As your business grows and you need more IT resources (such as power, storage and bandwidth), your cloud computing services scale with you. A simple subscription upgrade or the addition of new users or features gets you ready for growth in minutes.
In sensitive industries, such as banking and the governmental sector, on-premise computing does provide a high level of security. However, recent advances in cloud solutions put cybercrime countermeasures in place to protect your data and infrastructure from potential threats.
- Ease of getting up and running
Deployment to the cloud is a breeze. While on-premise software requires upkeep from your IT team (such as software updates), cloud computing takes care of that for you. That’s great news for your business’ productivity. You can save time once spent on hardware setup and other IT management tasks.
- No infrastructure to worry about
All of your servers and storage systems are maintained by your cloud provider, so you don’t have to deal with large physical servers or software configurations. And, since your data is backed up in the cloud, you can recover faster from a disaster and your business can continue to operate as planned.
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With the cloud changing how we use software and carry out our business operations, making the move is a no-brainer. We’d love to talk some more about the benefits of cloud vs. on-premise computing, but we think your time would be better spent finding out how cloud computing could benefit your business specifically.