On-premise software was once the only solution for data storage, but cloud-based options have made tremendous strides in recent years. Many of our clients have shifted from Oracle Databases to Oracle Cloud because the latter provided better value for their unique needs. Let’s explore the difference between cloud and on-prem applications.

The difference between cloud and on-prem

On-prem software is stored on a company’s servers, tucked neatly away behind layers of security. This security often comes at a cost, but all the organization’s data remains within the organization. 

Cloud computing is more scalable and flexible than on-premise options, but it relies on the use of third-party hosts. This requires extra security and encryption measures to ensure sensitive data is adequately protected. 

Both on-prem and cloud databases have their advantages. On-premise provides peace of mind because everything is handled in-house. Cloud is often more cost-effective and adjustable to a business’s growing needs. We have clients on both ends of the spectrum, but many have made the switch to cloud because of the added value it provides. 

Add-on features with cloud databases

Many of the features you’d pay extra to license for on-prem are built into cloud databases. For example, Data Safe is automatically included with Oracle Database Cloud Service. This includes the ability to view audit reports, pinpoint data safety concerns, assess user risks, evaluate database configurations, locate sensitive data, and much more. 

When our clients migrate from on-premise Oracle Databases to Oracle Cloud, they’re surprised to learn that they do not have to pay for these additional security features. 

What’s the best option for your business?

Despite the ongoing benefits of cloud computing, it’s not ideal for every business. We can evaluate your needs to determine if on-premise software or cloud databases are best for your current and future needs. Talk to the professionals at LSG Solutions to get started. 

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