In so many ways, corporate IT used to be much, much simpler. There were far fewer choices. At some point, your organisation required investment in information technology and you ‘simply’ figured out what technology on-premises you needed, how much it was going to cost, and how you were going to roll it out.
Today, however, a wide range of options in cloud computing is creating a compelling argument for shifting some or all your IT needs away from on-premises frameworks to the cloud, hosted at the very least, and more likely provided by a sophisticated provider of managed services in London. But what are some of the key points for deciding if you should move from on-premises to cloud computing?
The Pros and Cons
The benefits and drawbacks of cloud computing versus technology on-premises can largely be summarised in one area: control.
By keeping the provision of your IT needs in-house and on-premises, you can retain maximum control over all (or nearly all, depending on our IT contracts) areas of your IT.
Of course, with control comes responsibility. Keeping your IT on-premises means you also have to take greater responsibility for the costs. Managing and paying for the resources can become a huge burden, especially for small and medium-sized businesses. However, it’s not just SMBs that are attracted to managed cloud services. Many of the world’s biggest business groups have seen the cost savings, flexibility, and performance that can be gained with managed cloud computing.
Where on-premises computing requires you to invest in hardware and software that requires costly maintenance and upgrades on a regular basis, managed services in the cloud can provide far greater control over your costs. Furthermore, many of these services are being updated regularly, often without any need for intervention from your engineers. These updated provider greater power, functionality, and security.
Migrating to the cloud can be a challenge. Any change to the computing status quo can create headaches. Fortunately, the benefits typically outweigh the growing pains. And a competent provider can support you through the process.
By their very nature, cloud computing services are hosted by third parties. This creates a security question that must be considered, especially for businesses in the banking/FinTech or healthcare worlds, for example. A strong case can normally be made in favour of industry standards maintained by solid cloud providers, however.
So, should you stay with technology on-premises or move to the cloud? Almost certainly, this is a question you need to ask yourself. For help with answers, get in touch with us at Wem Technology today.