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Cloud Computing vs On-Premises Server

Organizations that have reliable information technology (IT) network systems are the first to wonder why they should uphaul their entire networks for cloud computing. For years, companies have relied on physical hardware to store and manage their data. So, why should they change now?

Cloud Computing vs. On-Premises Server: Differences

The main difference between cloud environments and on-premises is where data is stored. With the cloud, your data is not stored at your facility, but instead is hosted in a data center. A third-party cloud provider then runs this data center. You then access everything through the internet. When you are using on-premises infrastructure, all of your software and data reside in-house on your server hardware. It never leaves your organization. You can touch the equipment and see the indicating lights of power flashing.

Cloud Computing vs. On-Premises Server: Management

In a cloud environment, some of the maintenance falls on the cloud providers back. Organizations are responsible for the configuration of their cloud environment and their data, but cloud providers take on the role of infrastructure maintenance. This means your IT resources can be used in other places. On the other hand, when organizations have an on-premises environment, everything falls on your organization’s shoulders. You are responsible for managing and maintaining all of the infrastructure and data. This increased level of management requires more time and resources for IT as hardware will inevitably fail.

Cloud Computing vs. On-Premises Server: Security

One advantage a cloud model presents in the security debate is the access to advanced security measures. Cloud providers such as Nuvodia invest heavily in cybersecurity, much more than a typical business could. And because of this investment, Nuvodia implements state-of-the-art physical and digital security safeguards. Because organizations have full control of their data in an on-premises environment, many believe security is better on-premises. However, control does not equal security. It really all comes down to configuration. The way you set up your network will determine how vulnerable you are.

Cloud Computing vs. On-Premises Server: Cost

With cloud computing, there are no initial investments, only monthly payments. And your amount depends entirely on the resources you use. This pricing model means you never pay for resources you are not using, which can happen with on-premises environments. So, in the cloud, not only do many businesses end up saving money, but they can spend their money more strategically too. This is because of the lack of large capital investments. When you host your servers onsite, your cost structure includes large capital investments every few years for new and additional servers. On top of these upfront costs, you have to pay for power, space, and maintenance.

Cloud Computing vs. On-Premises Server: Backups

With a cloud-based backup, your data is replicated in an offsite data center. These data centers are highly secured, meaning there is less risk of data loss due to theft. Data centers also rely on redundancy, meaning if one data center is hit by a disaster and goes down, your data is not lost. With an on-premises backup system, data is copied from your hardware to another storage device. Because the backup is also stored onsite, it is vulnerable to physical damage like flooding or fire. In these cases, the backup would not be useful as all of the hardware would be destroyed. An onsite backup can also be vulnerable to theft. Keep your critical information and resources secure with Nuvodia’s reliable and highly secure cloud backup technologies. Call us today at 1-855-568-8634 to explore Nuvodia’s Cloud Computing Services.

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By Josh Andrade (Nuvodia, Marketing Specialist)