What you need to know about cloud software vs on-premise:
Recent technological developments have seen a huge shift towards the use of cloud computing. It is widely suggested that the cloud is where the future is heading, so it’s important to make sure you’re fully aware of what’s involved, and how the cloud can not only shape, but grow your business.
Key terms explained:
Cloud software: Put simply, the cloud is a metaphor for the Internet. Cloud computing is storing and accessing data and programs using the Internet rather than your computer’s hard drive, and is typically hosted by a third-party vendor.
On-premise software: This is one of the most traditional methods of software. On-premise software is installed and runs on the premises (in the building/office) of the person or business using the software, as opposed to being run remotely.
What’s the difference between cloud software and on-premise?
The main difference between the two systems is how they are deployed. Cloud-based software is hosted on the vendor’s servers and accessed via a Web browser. On-premise software is installed locally, on a company’s own computers and servers.
Is on-premise software hindering your company growth?
The on-premise approach was the most popular approach to software implementation until approximately 2005, when to option to run software remotely become more available.
On-premise software requires maintenance checks and the need to employ an in-house IT team; both of which are timely and can cost a great deal of money.
What benefits can cloud software bring to your company?
The low cost of cloud software has contributed to its widespread adoption. Cloud computing can save a company huge amounts of upfront and ongoing IT expenses. Compared to on-premise software, cloud-based software reduces hardware and the need to spend money on an internal IT resource.
According to McAfee, cloud usage is now over 90%, suggesting that companies still using on-premise software are falling behind. With its short implementation time and fast deployment rates.
As all data is stored in the cloud, which allows for flexible working. This also means that company data accessible to employees anywhere both in the office and remotely, with easy access on mobile devices too.
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