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How On-Premise Is Your Server?

By Joseph Timmins

In this series, we’ve discussed the various system options available today – defining what makes them unique as well as outlining their advantages and disadvantages with regards to cost, infrastructure, and business type.

You should also read our software-as-a-service, cloud computing, hosted, and data center blogs.

On-premise Solutions

Some businesses are fearful of moving to the cloud due to security reasons. But how “on-premise” is your server, really?

In today’s world, technology and terminology change so quickly that you might not even realize it changed. At one time, the term “on-prem” meant IT components physically located in your facility – either hardware housed in an internal IT room or software running on internal servers.

Now, “on-prem” includes the control of infrastructure elements from your facility – even if they're physically housed in another location. What's more important than where something is located is how much control you have over it and what you can or need to do with it.

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Why You Might Not Be as “On-prem” as You Think

how on-premise is your serverPlatform-as-a-service, for example.

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is a cloud computing model that delivers applications via the internet. The cloud provider delivers the hardware and software to users as a service and hosts it on its infrastructure, eliminating the need for the installation of hardware and/or software to develop or run applications. It does not replace a business's entire infrastructure – it provides key services instead.

So, how “on-premise” is your server, really? Your IT department may manage an IT closet full of hardware, but they're also frequently managing other cloud computing services (SaaS, PaaS, etc.), too.

What does your current infrastructure look like? Is your business looking to make a change? The experts at Acuity would love to discuss your options and help implement a solution to meet your business needs. Contact us today for more information.

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