There is rising concern among organisations on how to handle their computing and storing infrastructures, today we will deep dive into the available options and show you how to find the best possible, cost-efficient solution for your business.
On-Premises solutions have the main advantages of offering full control and customization over the server hardware and software and working independently of third-party organizations. They are also able to operate without the internet, as the user has direct physical access to them. Additionally, it is easier to manage security compared to the other two categories and they also offer better latency.
The downsides are the need for extra internal IT support and the necessity of initial capital investment. Lastly, they may limit your company’s ability to scale.
Public Cloud solutions have the main advantages of eliminating the initial capital expenses, reducing the IT staff’s maintenance responsibilities, and performing regular data backups.
The downsides are the total dependency on internet connection and a third-party organization. Additionally, the data is less secure and potentially stolen by unauthorized personnel accessing it. There is also a very rapid increase in costs. This last point is crucial, so we will expand it further. As stated before, Public Cloud solutions have the “advantage” of not having an initial capital investment and this may seem to reduce the cost by a lot. Well, this isn’t exactly true as the monthly fees increase very rapidly and an organization is better off in the long run with an initial capital investment rather than having to depend on a provider and constantly pay very high monthly fees.
Hybrid Clouds are considered the best of both worlds, let’s see why.
Hybrid Clouds include on-premises and public cloud solutions and integrate them with software such as VMware Cloud. The main idea behind this solution is to allocate some of the infrastructures on-premises and some on the cloud. For example, a company can choose to keep confidential data on an on-premises server and utilize a cloud one for less sensitive information. This duality also offers the possibility of scaling up without having to occur extremely high fees, this is possible since you will not be 100% dependent on the cloud and can still decide what to allocate there and what not.