Cloud computing has become an integral part of business enterprises. Lately, its application has considerably increased. About a couple of years ago, could you have thought of hosting software on a third-party remote server without using your internal power?
But with its merits, come a few demerits too. Due to many security breach incidents, witnessed by many reputed business organizations, the reputation of cloud services is at stake. To address the issue faced by cloud premises, on-premise software deployment systems have been developed.
Unlike cloud software, on-premise software is located on a company’s in-house servers and protected by an internal firewall. It is unique to a single organization and is isolated from others. Though the features are similar to a public cloud, it enjoys certain unique benefits.
A BRIEF COMPARISON BETWEEN THE CLOUD STORAGE AND ON-PREMISE SOFTWARE
1. CONTROL OVER DATA
Since private clouds are hosted on third-party servers aka on-site servers or third-party servers, they provide more control over your data as compared to a public cloud. Even the third-party servers used in private clouds are operated in a privately-hosted environment. In case of any bottlenecks or operational issues, appropriate actions can be taken well on time to preventing a further delay in operations.
2. Security and privacy concerns
When it comes to the security of your data, a private cloud offers a higher level of security as compared to public clouds. The private cloud that you deploy is specific to your organization and others do not have access to the same. On the other hand, cloud storage is a multi-user environment and a third-party service.
In a private cloud, data can be managed solely by the organization’s internal IT team without seeking assistance from third parties. Thus, security and privacy breach concerns are less.
3. COST FACTOR
The cost incurred in a public cloud is nominal, as you only need to pay for the services and functionalities you use. Further, there is no maintenance cost as well.
Deploying an on-premise software requires a substantial investment as the requisite software, hardware and servers need to be installed. The maintenance costs are also higher. Even in the case of business expansion, huge investments are required.
On-premise software offers the flexibility of customization according to an organization’s industry, size or object. Their features are not rigid and can be adjusted to suit the business needs of any organization.
But, a cloud service caters to a huge number of users altogether and not customized to suit any particular business. This is why; customization issues are likely to occur.
When deploying on-premise applications, you have control over upgrades of the software. You have control over which upgrades to be installed and when. Irrelevant upgrades can be skipped.
But on the contrary, cloud applications implement periodic upgrades. You have no control over the upgrades. This might create disruptive situations for your business operations.
Cloud applications consistently require stable and high-speed Internet. This may cause an issue for global companies if they do not have access to a steady Internet.
But with on-premise applications, you can access necessary functionality regardless of an Internet connection. Data can also be accessed at faster speeds than a cloud-based server.
For organizations operating under strict regulatory frameworks, it becomes easy to adhere to the required regulatory compliances with on-premise applications.
Public Cloud provides less flexibility to maintain compliance and requires you to make sure your service providers conform to the required guidelines/regulations.