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Cloud vs. On Premise: Finding the Sweet Spot

Cloud vs. On Premise: Finding the Sweet Spot

Diego Pinto
May 31, 2023

For years, the debate has been raging between those who bet on cloud and on-premise solutions. However, my years of experience have shown me that the reality goes beyond that: the best solution often lies in the gray area between the two technologies, and that's where the magic happens!

Below, I invite you to explore the characteristics of Cloud and On-premise solutions and how to empower your business with a strategy that includes both technologies.

On-premise: the value of your investment

For a long time, this type of solution has allowed well-established companies to store data directly on their own servers, providing hybrid strategies with greater flexibility regarding where information is stored and how it is processed. This is particularly important for companies that handle sensitive information or operate under strict security protocols, such as personal data protection. Additionally, you can take advantage of the inelastic investment of our On-premise servers to perform data processing tasks, thereby improving the efficiency of your resources and reducing costs.

The leap to the cloud

On the other hand, Cloud technology has revolutionized the way companies operate, offering greater flexibility, scalability, and accessibility. With Cloud solutions, a company can easily access its data and applications from anywhere without the need for costly hardware or infrastructure that can add an operational burden to the IT team. In addition, cloud solutions are more cost-effective, as with the right configuration, we only pay for actual consumption and not overprovisioning. This is not to mention that the IT team can let go of maintenance responsibilities, focusing only on what matters: the business and how to improve operations.

In summary, a Cloud provider can take care of hardware maintenance, software updates, and system security, freeing up teams to prioritize other key business tasks.

How to use the best of both technologies

Hybrid cloud solutions offer the best of both worlds, allowing companies to combine the benefits of cloud and on-premise solutions. With hybrid solutions, companies can store sensitive data on-premises while leveraging cloud resources for other applications and services, for example. This can be especially useful for companies that need to scale quickly or have varying workloads, as they can easily activate cloud resources as needed.

This type of strategy can give you the ideal combination of flexibility, control, and scalability for your company. Here are some tips for getting the most out of hybrid cloud strategies, which directly impact the strategic planning and success of a hybrid strategy:

  • Assess your needs: Assessing and understanding the needs of the business, as well as specific application and data requirements, is critical to determining which components are best suited for the cloud and which should be kept On-premise. This analysis will provide a solid foundation for making informed decisions and optimizing the hybrid deployment.
  • Security and compliance: Establishing a sound security strategy and complying with applicable regulations and standards are crucial in any hybrid environment. Protecting data and systems, both in the cloud and on-premise, must be a priority to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of business information.
  • Integration and connectivity: Establishing robust connectivity and seamless integration between cloud and on-premise systems is essential to maximizing the benefits of the hybrid strategy. This involves implementing appropriate network solutions, such as secure VPN connections or dedicated network links, and using integration tools and standards that enable efficient communication and seamless data transfer.
  • Observability and Proactivity: It is key to define and understand transversally what it means for our services to function correctly. Seeking 100% uptime is an unrealistic and unnecessary expectation in most cases. With this in mind, understanding how much you are willing to accept as normal error and how we monitor it is the secret to a healthy and optimal operation.

The choice between cloud and on-premises solutions is not a simple one. Both options have their benefits and drawbacks, and the best solution often lies somewhere in between. Hybrid cloud solutions offer the flexibility and scalability of cloud solutions while allowing companies to maintain control over their data and infrastructure. Ultimately, the key is to choose the solution that best meets the unique needs and requirements of your business.

Remember that every business is unique, so the hybrid strategy should be tailored to your specific needs and objectives. At CleverIT, we help and guide you so you can implement the strategy efficiently and securely, with a team of experts certified by the best partners in the technology industry.

Implement your Hybrid Cloud Strategy today with CleverIT. Send us an email at contact@cleveritgroup.com

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