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Fundamentals of On-Premises vs. Cloud
There are a number of fundamental differences between an on-premises and a cloud environment. Which path is the correct one for your enterprise depends entirely on your needs and what it is you’re looking for in a solution.
On Premises: In an on-premises environment resources are deployed in- house and within an enterprise’s IT infrastructure. The enterprise is responsible for purchasing (or leasing), maintaining, and supporting the solution and all its related processes.
Cloud: There are different forms of cloud computing such as public cloud, private cloud, and a hybrid cloud. In a public cloud computing environment, resources are hosted on the premises of the service provider but enterprises are able to access those resources and use as much as they want at any given time.
On Premises: In an on-premises environment, enterprises retain all their data and are in full control of what happens to it, for better or worse. Companies in highly regulated industries with extra privacy concerns are more likely to hesitate to leap into the cloud before others because of this reason.
Cloud: In a cloud computing environment the question of ownership of data is one that many companies, and vendors for that matter, have struggled with. Data and encryption keys reside within your third-party provider, so if the unexpected happens and there is downtime you maybe be unable to access that data.
On-Premises vs. Cloud
On Premises: Companies that have extra sensitive information, such as government and banking companies, must have a certain level of security and privacy that an on-premises environment provides. For these industries security is their primary concern and an on-premises environment, despite some if its drawbacks and price tag, may make more sense.
Cloud: Security concerns remain the number one barrier to a cloud computing deployment. There have been many publicized cloud breaches, and IT departments around the world are concerned. From personal information of employees such as login credentials to a loss of intellectual property, the security threats are real.
On Premises: For enterprises that deploy hardware and software on- premises, they retain all initial and ongoing costs of the software, server hardware, power consumption, and space.
Cloud: Enterprises that elect to use a cloud computing model only need to pay for the resources that they use with none of the maintenance and upkeep costs. The price adjusts up or down depending on how much is consumed.
We offer Cloud based server hosting, with the option of having the actual Cloud hardware located at your office or at a secure Datacenter. This allows for a secure location for documents and databases, just like a traditional server, except stored in a 99.9% uptime Cloud system. Permission based file access can be performed via either Remote Desktop or VPN. Microsoft, Google or Egnyte applications can complement our Cloud solution.
Desktops can also be run as virtual machines, which allows for easy rollback of infected or corrupted systems. Low-maintenance “thin-clients” can replace traditional desktops.
Why our Cloud?
- The physical location of our Cloud can be in a secure datacenter.
- Most if not all applications and data will be located in one central place.
- Can run just about any server application or database.
- Easily expandable.
- 99.9% annual uptime for the hardware platform.
- Faster file access because of solid state disk cache.
- Backs up as files change – not just at night.
- Rollback of server or desktop virtual machines is easy.
- Zero maintenance thin-clients are available to alleviate the cost of expensive and high maintenance desktop computers.
- Increased user productivity due to high availability and fast data access.
- Microsoft Online Services, Google Apps or Egnyte can be included as part of the service.
- Appears to be expensive compared to the other services at face value, but most or all of the monthly support costs are included in the price. The competitor service prices do not include any support costs. And the increase in user productivity will save thousands in the long run.
Our Cloud includes
- Windows Server Virtual machines: Just like a local server, you can install applications, Active Directory, databases, and store documents or just about any kind of file.
- Automatic Backup: backs up as files change.
- Share Files: permissions can be assigned to files and folders, and shared appropriately, just like a local server