When on-premises beats the cloud
In a world that has adopted remote working on a massive scale and, therefore, operates devices of different types in very different locations than usual, enabling easy and secure access to data becomes a challenge for IT department leaders.
Common sense might suggest a simple answer to visualize: adopt solutions on the cloud. But, in many cases this perception may be incorrect. The reality is that, with an on-premises solution for data management, many companies can better manage their data and make their employees more productive.
On-premises solutions often have a bad reputation among decision-makers, mainly because they are seen as an obsolete technology, part of a past that the cloud universe has outgrown. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In-house facilities are often the best way to address the challenges of the modern business world.
Why choose on-premises solutions?
When talking about on-premises solutions, one must refer to in-house IT infrastructure and software installations, i.e. located within the physical space of an organization. In other words, it means that the software is installed on physical hardware that is owned by an organization and located on the organization’s physical premises.
Although cloud solutions provide some flexibility and lower upfront cost, companies with a large infrastructure and a high level of data management often have their databases and management software hosted on-premises.
It is the case that data management has become a critical point in the strategies of companies and having this information fully under control and 100% operational at any time is key.
According to the Zones.com website, there are four pillars of data management in local installations
Data Centric: Today, organizations are faced with explosive volumes of data. Whatever solution you adopt to manage it all, you must have the agility to grow as your business grows and keep your data in good hands at all times. Data-centric on-premises systems can handle all workloads, optimize performance and maintain maximum efficiency at all times.
Intelligence: Enables data-driven employees to tackle all projects simultaneously, optimize development and workflows, and maximize everyone’s capabilities.
Adaptability: Business processes are constantly changing and the data solution changes with them. On-premises systems can always meet the demands of a constantly evolving business.
Security: This is perhaps the greatest virtue of this type of solution. The data generated is 100% private, completely under the company’s control. It offers unified security in all terminals, even when you have remote workers using laptops and personal mobile devices.
Cost: Although the initial cost is much higher, because it is necessary to have the equipment, the licenses are acquired in perpetuity and the investment is unique and punctual. Therefore, the cost is amortized in the long term.
Connectivity: It is not necessary to have good connectivity to access data, which offers a decisive advantage in environments with poor connectivity. In addition, it is always possible to access the data, even if the Internet is not working.
On-premises vs Cloud
The choice of either of these two alternatives, or a hybrid model, will depend on the needs of the company. If security is a major concern, in-house installations are the right choice, regardless of whether there are reliable cloud providers. Having the budget to buy and maintain in-house hardware and servers is the biggest hurdle and what drives many to opt for cloud solutions. It all depends on how the company grows and to what extent the demand to have its data under control increases.
At Conciliac, we have already written about this topic in previous posts, but it is a subject that continues to be relevant and whose appeal fluctuates over time. As a data management platform that manages processes with big volumes of data, in some cases very critical and sensitive, we choose to be an on-premises solution 100% secure and tailored to the requirements of large organizations globally.
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