One of the most common challenges organizations face today is determining whether a cloud or on-premise solution will be the right fit for their needs. Nick Weigl, a senior engineer at BroadVision Technologies | Solutions | Enterprises, highlights some of the key benefits of having a cloud solution for your organisation vs on-premise.

“Cloud solutions such as IaaS, SaaS and PaaS offer excellent scalability as it allows resources to be increased or decreased when needed to accommodate expansion/growth or unpredictable circumstances” shares Weigl. “High availability is another key factor, in particular with SaaS solutions where the environment and data are distributed across multiple data centres and servers to provide a stable solution with a lower risk attached and increased uptime.”

Weigl explains, that the pricing model for cloud solutions is different to the traditional on-premise solutions. Generally, on premise solutions are based on the traditional CAPEX based model where a large upfront cost is required, whereas cloud solutions are generally based on an OPEX model allowing for better planning in terms of budgets and flexibility.

Cloud solutions are reliant on high-speed Internet access for a positive user experience, today with high-speed internet access being readily available and cost-effective, companies are finding that moving to the cloud is a strategic option. Even cloud backups are becoming more affordable and is an excellent way to store backup data securely off site in the case of a disaster.

In doing so you can narrow the risks of company data being lost or breached as cloud-based backup solutions offer better data security and protection” he explains.

Cloud solutions are reliant on high-speed Internet access for a positive user experience, today with high-speed internet access being readily available and cost-effective, companies are finding that moving to the cloud is a strategic option. Even cloud backups are becoming more affordable and is an excellent way to store backup data securely off site in the case of a disaster. “In doing so you can narrow the risks of company data being lost or breached as cloud-based backup solutions offer better data security and protection” he explains.

According to Weigl, companies that utilise a cloud solution instead of an on-premises solution will benefit from an “Eco Friendly” point of view as you will reduce your ICT footprint onsite and reduce energy costs.

Mobility and “work from remote” have always been a key interest for companies, recently with the introduction of COVID-19, there has been a significant increase in remote users worldwide. “Cloud offerings are strong on the mobility side and are not dependant on a geographical location, they are able to offer the business and its employees a virtual office,” he shares. “As a result, users are able to connect to company resources from anywhere and at any time using a reliable internet connection.

“There is no surprise that cloud solutions have grown in popularity over the recent years, it promises to provide newfound flexibility, everything from saving time and money to improving agility, scalability, security and overall productivity”, he concludes.