SMBs are often faced with the dilemma whether they should go for a hosted or an on-premise solution. There is really no right or wrong answer but companies need to assess their business needs and infrastructure before taking a decision. The fundamental point is that not all solutions work best in then Cloud or on-premise and the choice often requires a trade between security and costs to optimize returns. There are advantages and disadvantages with both platforms and these are subject to the type of software/service under consideration. The table below outlines the advantages and disadvantages of the hosted and on-premise delivery mode.
Taking the plunge: pain points
What makes the decision far from easy to take is that there are conflicting arguments and pressures.Costs are a primary concern but organizations cannot ignore issues related to security and compliance.The plunge into the Cloud is often based on the following four pain points :
the answer is neither and both. The key is to find a balance between both delivery models and adapt according to the business’s needs. Simplyput: choose what makes business, security and technical sense. Some applications are great for hostingin the Cloud: CRM products, network monitoring, travel applications, systems backing up on-premise hardware/software solutions. On the other hand, applications such as accounting packages, data storage solutions for compliance purposes and most security products are best implemented on-premise. When you factor in the cost savings, the Cloud often appears to be the best choice but that does not mean that a solution’s implementation is justified in terms of the technology, the organization’s set-up and/or its requirements.
* source : www.gfi.com