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Posted: 02/23/2023 - by Dean Reid

6 On-premise IT Infrastructure Stressors!

Organizations with on-premises data centers are sometimes reluctant to move their IT operations to the cloud. Others like to buy powerful, expensive servers of their own so they can be in full control of their IT infrastructure.  

Some companies might prefer to stay with the on premise infrastructure versus moving to the cloud because of specific regulatory &  compliance requirements. Others may be concerned about the security and control of their data and prefer to keep it on-premise. Some companies may also have existing investments in on-premise infrastructure and may be hesitant to move to the cloud because of the cost and effort involved.

However maintaining an on-premise infrastructure can also lead to some interesting challenges. IT leaders can be overwhelmed with managing on premise servers for a company's IT infrastructure. 

On-premise IT infrastructure stressors can include:

  1. Scalability - on-premise servers can quickly become overwhelmed as a company grows, leading to downtime and decreased productivity  
  2. Maintenance - on-premise servers require regular maintenance and upgrades, which can be time-consuming and disruptive to business operations  
  3. Cost - on-premise servers can be expensive to maintain, as they require a large upfront investment in hardware, software, and licensing fees  
  4. Security - on-premise servers can be vulnerable to cyberattacks and data breaches, as they may not have the same level of security measures in place as a cloud environment  
  5. Disaster recovery - on-premise servers may not have an effective disaster recovery plan in place, which can result in data loss and extended downtime in the event of a disaster  
  6. Accessibility - on-premise servers can limit remote work capabilities and collaboration, as users may not be able to access the necessary resources when working from a remote location  

When might moving to the cloud be a better solution for your company?

Below is a checklist that can help you determine whether your organization is better served by moving to a cloud infrastructure or staying with on-premise services. 

  1. Is your current on-premise infrastructure able to easily scale up or down to meet changing business requirements? If not, the cloud may be a better option as it provides greater scalability and flexibility.
  2. Are the costs associated with maintaining your current on-premise infrastructure becoming prohibitive? The cloud can often provide cost savings, as you only pay for the resources you use and do not need to invest in expensive hardware or software.
  3. Do you need to access your applications and data from multiple locations or from remote workers? The cloud provides greater accessibility, enabling users to access their applications and data from anywhere with an internet connection.
  4. Are you concerned about the reliability of your current on-premise infrastructure? The cloud provides increased reliability, with many cloud service providers offering high levels of uptime and reducing the risk of downtime and data loss.
  5. Is the security of your data and applications a concern? Many cloud service providers offer robust security measures, such as encryption, multi-factor authentication, and regular security updates, providing enhanced security compared to on-premise solutions.
  6. Is your current on-premise infrastructure equipped with an effective disaster recovery solution? The cloud provides a robust disaster recovery solution, ensuring that data is quickly restored in the event of an outage.
  7. Are you looking to take advantage of the latest technologies and services to drive innovation within your organization? The cloud enables you to take advantage of the latest advancements and stay ahead of the curve.

It is important to carefully consider all the factors that are relevant to your specific business requirements and make an informed decision that best supports your organization's goals and objectives.

Some statistics to consider:  

  • 76% of organizations surveyed are currently using some form of cloud computing (Spiceworks)
  • while 50% of companies are using a hybrid cloud approach, where they use both on-premise and cloud infrastructure, only 18% of companies are exclusively using on-premise servers. (Spiceworks)
  • 55% of companies have moved some applications or infrastructure to the cloud, while 35% of companies plan to move more to the cloud in the future.(IDG)
  • by 2025, 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud. (LogicMonitor)

Not sure what to do next - no problem we have moved numerous clients to the cloud. Give us a shout at Poeta Digital - it will be the best thing you have done today.