ON-PREMISE VS. CLOUD-BASED SOLUTIONS
Which is Best? A Dilemma for SMBs
As the price of storage and bandwidth continues to drop fast, Cloud-based services are becoming more and more attractive to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) which are seeking to reduce licensing costs, avoid recruiting IT staff and focus fully on their core responsibility – growing the business. Although the Cloud provides SMBs with a cost-effective alternative, companies need to be wary and not fall into the ‘all Cloud’ solution trap. There is no one-model-fits-all and rather than diving headfirst into the Cloud, SMBs would do well to see how they can maximize the benefits of their existing set-up as well as those that a Cloud-based service can give them. With a hybrid delivery model, SMBs can have the best of both worlds without long-term commitments, unnecessary expenses and the inefficiencies of hosted and on-premise models.