If you’re a business like most today, technology is perhaps an indispensable facet of your operations. The investment in technological tools that enhance business functions is growing steeply.

A debate that concerns many owners is the integration of such tools and technology. Consider that over 80% of small businesses, today, still prefer manual integration tools (SMB Group).

In that regard, a common question that might pop up is, if Information Technology (IT) tools should be on-premise or in the cloud.

Here is a simple explanation of both and some reasons why cloud-based servers could be a better option for your organization.

On-premise

An on-premise software or database is one that is installed on servers and systems in the organization. They are the predecessors of cloud-based systems and have been around since the dawn of technology. There are a few simple questions you can ask yourself before choosing an on-premise installation.

Firstly, would you prefer having physical control over the server? Is data-security a critical aspect of your activities? Are you able to allocate budget for on-premise maintenance and cope with potential elongated downtime if something goes wrong with the physical hardware? Do your IT operations remain relatively uniform in terms of scalability?

If your answer is yes to all the aforementioned questions, on-premise integration is a good choice for your business. Keep in mind, however, the initial capital required to install the software or incorporate the hardware in-house, which could be substantial, depending on your size, needs, and reliance on technology in the day to day operations of your business. Moreover, on-premise integration needs regularly-scheduled maintenance to keep it functioning properly and secure, resulting in additional funding required for the maintenance of on-premise hardware.

In The Cloud

Businesses around the world are rapidly gravitating towards cloud-hosted solutions. This is no surprise, as cloud integration offers many advantages.

Pivotal amongst the perks is the fact that updates to software and data can be done almost automatically, on the cloud. This is also beneficial in preventing loss of information, in times of a viral attack or a natural disaster. At Technical Action Group, we are specifically skilled in data recovery that may occur due to such reasons.

Updating tools are quicker in the cloud and many companies offer pay-per-use options, possibly making cloud services financially feasible. Cloud-based IT is a great option for businesses that are continually expanding. Scalability is another virtue of Cloud.

Key among the considerations is cloud integrations’ heavy reliance on the availability of the internet. Another point critics might raise is the fact that data is accessible by third-party servers and algorithms. This is a cause for concern, in terms of confidentiality.

Whether an organization chooses cloud-based integration over on-premise can also come down to cost.

In order to determine whether Cloud or On-Premise IT solutions are suitable for your specific business, you should speak to an IT consultant who will do an analysis of your environment, needs, risk tolerance and budget to determine the solution most suitable for your business, because, sometimes, Cloud solutions are not more cost-effective than On-Premise IT.