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The advantages and disadvantages at a glance

As an entrepreneur, you are certainly already faced with the following question: should I continue to use software that is installed on our own servers and computers (on-premise) in the area of IT environment. Or is it smarter to work in the cloud? After all, the possibilities that the Cloud offers are becoming more extensive. We are happy to explain the differences between on-premise and an IT-cloud environment. In addition, you will find the advantages and disadvantages of both IT environments here.

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What is on-premise?

On-premise is the English and IT term that indicates that the automation is at your own location. This can be entirely entirely in-house, but also in collaboration with Microgiants ICT management. All software is therefore on its own servers and computers. Most companies have an IT partner or department that has its own budget to arrange all computer technical matters internally.

What is the cloud?

Cloud computing is a completely different way to organize your IT environment. The documents and programs that used to be local on your pc and that took up a lot of disk space are moved to the worldwide web in cloud computing. Especially with a private cloud, you still have a lot of control over your own data and IT environment. A private cloud is exclusively designed for one organization and therefore does not run on shared or shared hardware.

Working in the cloud is cheaper

Working in the cloud certainly brings a number of advantages. The cost factor is, for example, an important aspect. The advantage of the cloud is that you only pay the provider for the capacity that is actually used. Consider, for example, the disk space or the number of employees who use a particular application. On-premise, on the other hand, you are forced to invest extra in matters such as hardware, servers and licenses. You also pay for features or space that you may not use at all. There is always a “break even point”! Cloud environments are mostly rented so there is a high return cost where an “unpremedicient” environment is usually a one-time investment.

Maintenance and updates

In terms of maintenance, on-premise work is a lot more labor-intensive than cloud computing. For example, you usually do not have to worry about updates in the cloud. These are automatically executed by the cloud provider. You therefore always have the latest software in the cloud. In addition, investing a lot of time and money in installing updates is a thing of the past if you opt for working in the cloud.

Flexibility and access

If different devices (including mobile) need to have access to business applications? The cloud offers an almost limitless flexibility. With on-premise, you have limited or no access to business applications outside your own office. Thanks to its extra flexibility, the cloud can also facilitate collaboration with external parties. A disadvantage of the cloud is that you are partialy dependent on an external party for accessing your data. If your internet connection also temporarily drops, you no longer have access to data and applications. This can disrupt important business processes and therefore involves risks.


In terms of security, on-premise has advantages over the cloud. Because cloud services work over the internet, they involve a little more security risks. A private cloud does offer more extensive security options than a public cloud. With good antivirus software and the right insurances, an on-premise environment is less vulnerable to cyber attacks, especially because all data, applications and programs are within their own, shielded network.

The best of both worlds

Whether you opt for on-premise or cloud computing has a lot to do with personal preferences, the chosen business strategy and your business objectives. Is safety your first concern? And do you want to ensure that all employees have 24/7 access to important data and applications? Then on-premise is probably the best choice? Do you, on the other hand, attach more value to flexibility and cost savings? Then the cloud is certainly an option to consider. Do you want the best of both worlds? Then you can now also opt for a hybrid of both IT environments (hybrid). With these variants, some business applications are installed on-premises and others are used via the cloud.

Which option is best for your company?

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