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Cloud vs. On-Premises: The Pros and Cons

December 18, 2014 | By Jacques Begin

If you are debating whether to use cloud vs on-premises solution, each option has its positives and negatives. Find out how to choose the best option.

boxing glovesWhen preparing for a debate, participants commonly contemplate and anticipate every potential point that the other side could raise. In my blog post “Five Ways to Counter a CIO Veto Against Cloud Apps,” I explained key points that will set you up to successfully convince a CIO that cloud-based services are a viable option for marketing and sales.

Still, many marketers and salespeople see the cloud vs. on-premises debate as a no-brainer with cloud the clear winner – and fail to prepare for any counterarguments against it.

The fact is, each option has its positives and negatives, and understanding that and determining how both cloud and on-premises software fit into your organization are vital. So it’s best to be prepared and create a point-by-point comparison of both choices.

The pros and cons of cloud and on-premises solutions fall into the categories of cost, security, deployment and scalability, and user access.  Use the table below to gain a clearer understanding of both sides of the argument, and to grasp the benefits and drawbacks of each type of technology.


Jacques Begin

Jacques is a Research Director in the Technology and Services practice at SiriusDecisions. He brings over 15 years of technology research, application and implementation expertise and insight to SiriusDecisions. He has proven success in account management, research and analysis, content development and delivery and communications and collaboration. Follow Jacques on Twitter @JacquesBegin22.