Pros and Cons
Introducing the basics
This may be a simple one, but an on-premises server is yours. You have your server(s), you have your data. It’s physical, you know where it is and you can see it, touch it, move it.
Having an on-premises Company Server can be more financially flexible than most people realise. They can be bought outright, financed, leased or even rented. Each option has it’s own merits e.g. outright owning adds to company assets (but is taxable). Leasing breaks payments down, isn’t taxable (but you don’t have ownership). They are also many more on-premises solutions and configurations for any financial requirement.
On-premises Company Servers normally offer a more complete company IT & computing solution. A server normally handles workstation logons for the users, users file access, users software access, users restrictions, on-premises backups, databases, internal Intranet, internal Sharepoint, advanced file sharing with grouping, company branding for all computers, company email with advanced options, centralised updates for all computers, centralised anti-virus and security – and more.
Changes to on-premises physical servers normally require on-site configuration and/or hardware. Virtual and Cloud solutions don’t have this same requirement and their changes can be much, much faster than changes to on-premises company servers.
No automatic off-site backup
If you require an automatic offsite backup like on most Cloud solutions, you have to implement one in addition to your on-premises server. Your on-premises server may have physical backups – which you can take offsite – but it won’t normally come with an automatic offsite backup where the server can upload backups to.
An on-premises Company Server requires consideration as to it’s physical location. Factors which need to be considered are moisture, heat/cooling, security, stability, power, noise and more.