On-premise vs cloud
The on-premise vs. cloud dilemma has been a hot topic lately when it comes to companies making a decision about their platform infrastructure. Despite the benefits of the cloud, there are also detractors who argue that they prefer to have full control over their infrastructure, or that they want to cut costs to the extreme (even if it means a greater dedication in working hours).
The cloud allows us to store and manage our data without the need to manage or maintain physical infrastructure, reducing costs and speeding up deployment. On-premise software, on the other hand, is physically installed on the devices, with the advantage that it does not require an Internet connection.
Characteristics to evaluate on-premise vs. cloud
On-premise servers are more insecure because their system is open by default, as opposed to the cloud, which is closed by default. In addition, the tools provided by cloud storage favour data encryption, access to services and access security protocols. The different cloud providers have PCI-DSS ISO certifications, etc., which endorse their reputation in terms of security.
DevOps and cloud professionals generally manage their clients’ cloud accounts very securely, as we do at Geko cloud to ensure that the entire infrastructure is in good hands, as this is one of our priorities.
The cloud allows you to make more accurate forecasts in terms of costs, and the savings from purchasing additional hardware are obvious. It is true that in the case of on-premise you can do much of the work internally (which may be a saving in certain cases but not all companies have sufficient knowledge to do so), but in the long run it can mean an unexpected increase in technical maintenance work, management, monitoring and optimisation of performance, and less tangible costs in the long term arising from system downtime or unused licences.
In conclusion, cloud service is more cost-effective, having to pay for a subscription with updates and maintenance.
Having your platform in the cloud allows you to increase or decrease your services very easily, plus you don’t need installation, support, maintenance and all these details that a physical system would require.
This is undoubtedly a clear advantage of the cloud. You will have access from anywhere and at any time, and therefore through the Internet any worker can access remotely. This translates into greater agility and productivity when managing information and applications.
Although remote management can also be applied to the on-premise system, physical presence may sometimes be necessary, for which it would be necessary to travel, which would be slower than cloud management.
Both options can be adapted to any type of company or service, but it will be easier to have DevOps experts to help you customise the software and adapt it to your needs. At Geko Cloud we work interchangeably with several cloud providers such as AWS, Azure or Google Cloud, and we adapt the technologies and service to each type of product or company to achieve scalability and more efficient business management.
Implementing on-premises software is more expensive than implementing a cloud application, as it is something that is done on an ad-hoc basis as mentioned above and can take time. In the case of the cloud, it can be done more quickly and customisation can be done over time.
- Energy saving
In the case of on-premise servers, there can be a higher energy cost. In contrast, with the cloud software model, the responsibility lies with the service provider, and is part of the package that is contracted. Another detail to take into account will be the generation of economies of scale thanks to the cloud, leading to a reduction in fixed costs as a consequence.
We manage your platform in the cloud
At Geko we migrate your legacy or hybrid cloud platform and help you design its architecture.
In this post you can read about the advantages of outsourcing DevOps, as well as having a team to manage your migration to the cloud.
Contact us to learn more about our services, we will be happy to assist you and talk about your platform.