Uncertainty has become normal practice for businesses all over the globe over the last year or so. This has really opened the eyes of business owners to see the need that they have for new efficient ways of working that will allow them to continue thriving whatever the future holds.
The Cloud – as we explored in the previous article – is the most popular method to achieve this. The Cloud gives you the freedom to work from anywhere you like, as long as it has a stable internet connection. It has given businesses the opportunity to adopt a remote working team – this is what turned out to be the only way many businesses kept the lights on throughout the peak of the pandemic. Many have already reaped the benefits of well managed and maintained cloud computing. We also explored the backup capabilities of the Cloud, we recommended a 3-2-1 backup system, with data being stored in the Cloud as well as at least two other locations, ensuring you are always able to access your data to prevent downtime should the worst happen.
However, regardless of its popularity – as we mentioned previously – it isn’t for everyone. Some must stick to their on-premise IT for vital business functions to operate efficiently, and some businesses require a hybrid of both on-premise IT and the Cloud – it is all dependant on your needs.
Let’s explore the positives and negatives of on-premise IT, and hopefully by the end of this article you will be able to make the right decision for you and your team to enable you to achieve prolonged IT success.
The positives of On-Premise IT
1. Unfaltering access
Unlike with the Cloud, your team will still be able to carry out key work functions. whether you have an internet connection or not Nothing need stop you from meeting targets and keeping promises to your customer base.
Self-reliance has its advantages, and business owners traditionally enjoy it. Self-reliance means you have no concerns over what is happening elsewhere, so you can put all of your energy into your own team and business success without worries about anything else.
The negatives of On-Premise IT
3. The upfront investment and continued cost
Some on-premise IT can be ridiculously expensive; this, alongside the fact that it often only serves purpose for a short amount of time before needing replacing, makes it not very cost effective. The life span of on-premise IT is typically around five years, meaning a very large capital investment is needed, on a regular basis, to ensure that the tools you have in your organisation are satisfactory.
4. No scaling
On-premise IT cannot scale to the needs of your organisation. Imagine, your business becomes an overnight success and you are in need of 10 new employees, but to make this possible you will have to undertake wholesale changes to your IT landscape.
You must be sure that the tools you choose to use to support your business are the right ones for you and your team. As we have highlighted, both options have positives and negatives so take your time, and be sure to not just decide based on cost but on what is right for you. Making the wrong decision could result in the complete collapse of your organisation.
We wish we could tell you which one to choose, but, unfortunately, that isn’t possible without knowing more about your organisation. If you still need help once having read these articles, why not get in touch with our expert team and let us guide you to the decision that is the right one for you.
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