Cloud Computing has become a major aspect of the change’s businesses have made in 2020. With remote work becoming a large part of operations, organisations have had to adapt to the current environmental conditions and change their normal way of business. Organisations normal processes of on-premise servers and systems have been reliable for a long time and many take an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality. But with more staff working remotely, these servers became a lot harder to rely on. Although they can offer more control and reliability, the flexibility and mobility of the cloud have been an integral part of business practice this year.
On-premise software can be an option for some organisations, however, the costs associated with managing and maintaining all the solutions are higher than cloud computing. The hardware, licensing, and integration of IT employees are costly, and the downtime if servers break down takes a toll on the business. The physical nature of on-premises hardware can expose it to threats like theft, damage, and downtime.
Cloud differs in one crucial way, a third-party organisation will take away all the stress of looking after your own servers if you prefer, leaving more time to focus on other business practices. Cloud environments are pay as you go and offer a more cost-effective solution for many organisations. Also, not having to waste money on physical storage devices and space can be a benefit for smaller organisations. Cloud data is backed up frequently and allows greater flexibility for companies on the move.
On-premise environments are deployed in-house and looked after by the internal staff.
Cloud platforms are deployed into a public cloud environment where resources are hosted and looked after by third-party providers with access to content anytime anywhere.
Server hardware, power consumption, space, and labor are all costs of on-premises environments.
With cloud environments, companies only pay for the resources they use, with no maintenance or upkeep costs.
On-premises environments are responsible for all their data and resources, for better or worse.
Data and encryption for cloud environments are given to third-party providers, however, they are being paid to keep your data safe and secure and most agencies have a high degree of security.
On-premises environments are secured by the staff that runs them which can be a positive however it does leave the security open to error or employee tampering.
Cloud environments generally use topmost security measures to ensure they keep a great brand name and have a positive relationship with their clients.
Overall cloud computing has created a completely flexible environment for organisations to utilise. Whether it be having the freedom to work remotely, access to resources whilst on the go, or the unlimited capabilities of collaboration, the cloud has become a popular choice for many.
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