Cloud may offer myriad benefits, but it has some disadvantages, which may make the enterprises hesitant to migrate there. On the other hand, the on-premise software even though overtaken by cloud technology has its own advantages. In such a situation, enterprises need to thoroughly weigh the pros and cons before deciding on one in the Cloud Vs On-premise technology. Cloud has invaded the net and enterprises are flocking to have their data stored and processed on it. Some still are apprehensive regarding the security it provides and prefers that the data is best safe on-premises. So the obvious question enterprises today face is whether they should consider using a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution given its obvious advantages or should they deploy on-premises applications in their own data centers if they are to see from a security perspective?
The benefits of cloud cannot be negated and this is proved by the fact that around 96% respondents of a survey done in this direction clearly stated that they use some or the other form of cloud computing service in their businesses. The survey also points out to the fact that SaaS will be the largest cloud computing category that will have the enterprises spending nearly two-thirds of their total cloud expenses in 2018. Among the SaaS apps, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and content management apps will be the biggest preferred enterprise applications for spending.
While it is true that organizations are willing to spend a lot of money on cloud, but the fact remains that on-premise software may still be preferred in some situations. And enterprises still run only 20 to 30% of their workloads on cloud with the rest being in-house. So whether it is the cloud or on-premise, each has its own distinct set of benefits and disadvantages. It is up to the enterprises to carefully weigh the options before choosing the appropriate one for each individual task. They need to match the transparency and visibility it offers to the speed and scalability it can provide.
Cloud Vs On-premise; The debate is on! Cloud is no doubt better in terms of cost-effectiveness, process scalability and work flexibility; but security is a challenge, which can be taken care of by the CASB solutions.