In recent years, cloud computing and cloud software have become hot topics from within the technology industry. With cloud computing models (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) evidently rising to the top, is on-premises software still worth considering?
Granted, the evidence is there: Goldman Sachs is forecasting that the cloud infrastructure and platform market will grow at a 19.62% CAGR from 2015 to 2018, reaching $43B by 2018. The cloud market is growing rapidly, and increasingly each year. According to Cisco, by 2019, 59% of the total cloud workloads will be Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) workloads alone, up from 45% in 2014.
So, on-premises or cloud software? Let’s go back to the basics.
What is On-Premise?
On-premises software is a type of software installed locally. The software runs on the computers of the individual or organisation using the software, rather than from a third-party location (like cloud software). A company’s in-house I.T. department maintains on-premises software.
What is Cloud Software?
Third-party vendors host cloud software for individuals and organisations and can be accessed through the Internet. With cloud software, you’ll often find that the third-party vendor maintains the cloud software. Maintenance can include: backups, updates and monitoring.
It’s predicted that more than 50% of information technology will be in the cloud within 5-10 years. (Mashable)
On-Premise will be suitable if…
- You require complete control over your data security. This, for example, may be a necessary requirement for organisations that have strict security compliance regulations.
- You already have the in-house resources and personnel to install, maintain and upgrade your existing IT resources and investments.
- You have other services and software that will need to be integrated with your new software – there may be some limitations on integration with some cloud software vendors.
Cloud Software will be suitable if…
- You need a solution as soon as possible. Typically, cloud software will take less time to implement compared with on-premises software.
- You don’t have (or enough) dedicated IT personnel, skills or time to manage your software. Rest assured your third-party vendor would have extensive experience in installation, maintenance and keeping your software up-to-date.
- You want to be become a more innovative company.
- You’re looking for a solution that can improve the way your organisation works remotely. Because cloud software is accessible from the Internet, your team and clients will be able to access their documents from anywhere with an Internet connection.
By 2019, 56% of cloud workloads will be in public cloud data centres, up from 30% in 2014 (CAGR of 44% from 2014 to 2019). (Cisco)
A Private Cloud Solution
It is predicted by Cisco that 44% of the cloud workloads will be in private cloud data centres by 2019. Using a private cloud solution would be the equivalent of having your cloud software installed on your on-premise servers. So, if one of your main concerns with cloud software surrounds data security, a private cloud could be the ideal solution for your organisation.
Private cloud solutions will give you the ability to increase your security beyond public cloud solutions. There’s also the ability for you to choose the location of your private cloud servers to ensure optimal performance and speed. Additionally, using a private cloud solution will give you the cost-effective scalability that on-premises will fall short on.
In the Cloud with Clinked
With there now being a cloud solution for every business, for example, public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud; on-premises software will become a less popular option for businesses in the years to come. So, with the development of innovative cloud applications like Clinked, on-premises software is becoming out-dated in comparison.
Benefits of using a Clinked Private Cloud (rather than on-premises software)
- Flexible security options e.g. multi-factor authentication, IP restrictions etc.
- Can be deployed to 8 different regions.
- Fully customised to match your organisation’s branding.
- No regulatory concerns about your data.
Clinked is a collaboration tool and client portal that can offer flexible options for businesses: public cloud or private cloud, with full white-label customisation options. If you’d like to find out more about Clinked’s private cloud solution, head over to here.