Advantages of using cloud-based technology over on-premise servers
When it comes to data storage, businesses have the choice of hosting their software in the cloud or on-premise. On-premise is when companies house their IT servers onsite, managing and maintaining them themselves. Cloud refers to cloud computing, where someone else is responsible for maintaining the software offsite.
Cloud offers several benefits over on-premise and can remove the burden of businesses hosting systems themselves, whilst enabling them to focus on their core company mission. The Origami platform uses cloud computing, offering the security and versatility of on-premise with the scalability of cloud. Here, Origami's Strategic Sales Manager, Ian Smith, outlines the advantages of using the cloud over on-premise solutions:
High Availability. By using Amazon’s cloud infrastructure, we have separate data centres with separate power and network connections. To achieve that on-premise would be cost prohibitive.
Predictable costs. Regular payments that cover software licences, upgrades, support and daily back-ups and no nasty surprises when updates are required.
Reduced operational costs. Avoid the need for large internal development teams, IT support and expensive datacentres. There is also no need for expensive upgrade projects every 3 to 5 years.
Worry free IT. Because cloud software is hosted for you, you don’t need to worry about the maintenance of your software or the hardware it resides on, compatibility and upgrades are taken care of by Origami
Scalability. Cloud technologies provide flexibility, you only pay for what you use and can easily scale to meet demand.
Flexible pricing. Cloud gives you the option of low upfront costs with costs smoothed out over time in place of lumpy capex.
Quick deployment. Cloud-based software is deployed over the Internet in a fraction of the time with minimal disturbance to business operations compared to on premise applications.
Better disaster recovery. Data is often safer in the cloud than on a server as cloud service providers make it easy to follow good backup practices, reducing the risk of losing data or of IT disruption.
Anywhere and anytime access. You can access your applications anytime and anywhere via a web browser from any device.
Lower energy usage. When you move to the cloud, you no longer pay to power on-premise servers or to maintain their environment. This can significantly reduce your energy bills and impact on the climate.
Cloud-based technology has fast become the number one choice over on-premise solutions due to its flexibility, reliability and security. Cloud removes the hassle of maintaining and updating systems, allowing you to invest your time, money and resources into fulfilling your core business strategies.
Origami’s technology enables energy companies to focus on innovation and competitive advantage, rather than infrastructure. Origami’s highly secure, scalable and versatile software platform provides remote, real-time monitoring, decision support and enhances your ability to execute trading decisions either financially or physically.
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