Cloud solutions have long been laughed at as a transient trend. Quite different than On-premise tools. That has changed. The data cloud is gaining more and more followers, both in the private and business sector. The cloud has also been part of everyday life in personnel management for a long time. What are the pros and cons, which myths surround the cloud and what should be considered when introducing a cloud software?
Cloud versus On-Premise: Where are the differences?
Cloud computing, to sum it up is the provision of software over the Internet. The application is hosted in a data center and made available to the user via an encrypted connection. Unlike its counter-model, the On-premise model, the software is not installed and maintained in a company’s private data center.
According to a representative study by Bitkom Research commissioned by KPMG, cloud computing is more popular than ever. The number of cloud proponents is increasing, especially in SMEs. Today, 64 percent of SMEs and 69 percent of mid-sized companies are cloud computing customers.
Myths about the Cloud: The data is not safe!
This may be related to the growing awareness of IT security. According to a study by PWC, companies now regard cloud security as “very high”. And that, although this topic has long been considered the stigma of the cloud. How does it fit together?
In fact, compared to on-premise solutions, cloud solutions have become a real catch-up in terms of security and are at least on a par with security in purchased software. In fact, even better.
A development that comes from the fact that cloud providers are already striving for the security of their systems by the nature of their services. Large security leaks endanger the entire business model in the worst-case scenario. To be on the safe side, cloud operators attach great importance to strictly regulated and certified security standards.
And the data are safe!
And this is often at a level that many data centers in a corporate group cannot provide. On the contrary, the On-premise systems used in companies are often a mix of old and modern technology. And older infrastructures are more susceptible to external attacks than modern ones. As a result, On-premise solutions are now more exposed to threats than modern cloud platforms based on the latest security technologies.
A study by the hardware manufacturer Dell shows that the idea that a cloud solution is more threatened by cyber-attacks can confidently be banished into the realm of myths. According to the survey, nearly three-quarters of the surveyed organizations have identified a security vulnerability in their On-premise solution over the last 12 months. But only 18 percent consider identifying and fixing unknown threats as a top priority. This opens the door to cybercriminals.
Loss of control of the in-house IT?
Another myth that surrounds cloud solutions: administrators fear losing control over their infrastructure. That too is not true. What they submit are tasks related to operation and maintenance of servers and operating systems. In return, they gain valuable time to look after the users on site.
And last but not least, many users believe that they either have to move all applications to the cloud or work entirely with locally operated servers. On the contrary! Many companies rely on a hybrid solution of cloud and On-premise tools. For example, by offloading their email server to the cloud, but still running the database and file servers locally.
The benefits of a cloud solution
Then you can enjoy one of the most crucial advantages of a cloud system: Since the data can be accessed online at any time, access is possible anytime, anywhere. For example, tasks on business trips can be processed continuously and directly without having to work with backup copies. The advantage: documents are always up to date and process-involved colleagues always have insight into the status quo.
Other advantages of a cloud solution compared to the On-premise model are:
- IT services from the cloud are dynamically scalable. This allows cloud services to be adapted exactly to the needs of the user.
- New components and functionalities of the applications are available immediately.
- No investment costs for server hardware.
- The professional operation and maintenance of IT resources is ensured 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, through constant support.
Conclusion: Cloud is ahead
Conclusion: In a direct comparison, cloud applications have apparently outdated many aspects of On-premise solutions. However, if you decide to jump into the cloud of data, you should take care when introducing a cloud software and put the provider through its paces. Better safe than sorry.
In addition to evaluating the respective cloud services according to criteria such as price / performance, degree of innovation, usability of the admin dashboards or security features and security certificates, users should also ensure the suitability of the individual providers by means of strategic criteria.
The most important ones include:
- Long-term cloud strategy
- Availability of local support
It is also recommended that customers carefully review the Service Level Agreements (SLA) of the hosting service provider. For example, whether the necessary availabilities, backups, downtime and local support are guaranteed.
Furthermore, it makes sense to get a first overview of the system via a test account. Does it live up to what the manufacturer promised? Yes? Then nothing should stand in the way of the step into the data cloud anymore.