2021 Outlook – The Advantages of Cloud Services Outweigh On-Premise Solutions

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2021 Outlook - The Advantages of Cloud Services Outweigh On-Premise Solutions

Shifting to the cloud can be a big change, but it’s necessary. There’s no doubt that the transformation can be time-consuming and expensive in the beginning. It necessitates, among other things, a strategy, buy-in, and a service model. However, once companies have done their homework and recognized the cloud’s inherent benefits, its value – especially in relation to on-premise solutions – becomes clear.

The growth of remote work around the world has compelled businesses to think more strategically about everything from their office space to their infrastructure. For many businesses, creating a distributed workforce is now the norm. According to a recent Gartner survey, at least 30-40% of the US workforce will continue to operate remotely after COVID-19.

In fact, as per Gartner’s 2021 CIO Agenda survey, this would necessitate a complete reboot of policies and protection tools appropriate for the new remote workspace. To ensure data security in the enterprise, endpoint protection systems would need to migrate to cloud-delivered services, if they haven’t already. As a result of the move, security leaders will have to update policies for disaster recovery, data protection, and backup to ensure that they are still applicable in a remote world.

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Agility and Scalability

New prospects can be lost as a result of legacy software, and companies can become stagnant. Experts have been demonstrating for years how on-premises security services can impede an organization’s ability to help employees. Restrictive security measures, such as those focused on a company’s physical location, can stifle efficiency. If users aren’t operating at the workplace, solutions set up to prevent endpoint threats like malware and vulnerabilities in on-premises networks are ineffective.

Employee bottlenecks can be reduced and eliminated by removing obsolete, legacy code and platforms. It can also keep them secure, as threat actors often find antiquated on-premises systems appealing targets.

Cloud-based services are better suited to incorporating new digital technologies and standards. Businesses can only add so much new technology to on-premises solutions before security teams have to create new infrastructure.

Organizations will increase productivity and lower costs by investing in the cloud. When time comes to scale up, the technology embedded in cloud solutions, such as AI, ML, and so on, can be invaluable for businesses looking to grow.

Affordability

Businesses acquire ownership of on-premises assets when they purchase it. Without a third party, the owner is responsible for all of the expenses. Moving to the cloud not only reduces an organization’s energy demands and physical space issues, but it also saves money that would otherwise be spent on costly computer hardware or software upgrades.

When it comes to updates, the cloud can also save a company money by eliminating the need to employ additional workers to manage on-premises infrastructure. Since Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service providers cover the costs of maintaining and updating data centers and systems, businesses that migrate to the cloud can save money on software creation and implementation.

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Security

Although there were mixed feelings about cloud security when it was first introduced, most companies now use at least one type of cloud infrastructure. The perception that data stored in the cloud is more secure than data stored in on-premises data centers is one of the factors behind this adoption. Although it’s impossible to prove conclusively, cloud companies typically employ more stringent cybersecurity initiatives to safeguard confidential data. It is solely the responsibility of a cloud service provider to ensure that its clients’ data is secure and that its systems are up to date. As a result, cloud protection providers must ensure that data is kept compliant and up to date, which helps to reduce risk.

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