There are so many types of workspaces that organizations can choose from for their teams to use – from self-hosting servers to cloud computing and SaaS (software as a server). In addition to the numerous kinds of workspaces, there are several types of teams whom all have different preferences and needs to work efficiently and effectively. You may find yourself a part of a team that prefers a platform that can maximize time and cost-saving efforts or a team that worries less about costs and more about a customizable way of working that can be adjusted and flexed.
More times than not, between the benefits of moving to the server versus moving to the cloud, our clients tend to represent teams that have needs best fulfilled by the Cloud. In addition to the ones we will talk about here, cost, time and deployment are three benefits of Cloud that many clients focus on improving within their teams. However, the most common choice is not always the best fitting for all teams. Ultimately, it takes a few steps of learning exactly what those needs are and what action can be willingly taken before we can help identify which one is the best move. Sound like a situation you are currently facing? Let us help clarify some of the top differences between using SaaS versus Server workspace models.
Between Cloud or SaaS models and server, they are accessed two different ways. With Cloud, everything is online. It is as simple as acquiring a login, and everything you need is in one place and can be accessed anywhere you are as long as an internet connection is available. With server, your team is able to access the necessary information, tools, data and more while being offline. While this is convenient in times of travel or inability to access an internet connection, these times are typically rare, far and in between. It may not be a major concern for your team, but it is still something to be considered while making the decision to move forward with Cloud or Server.
As a complete SaaS model, migrating to the cloud increases efficiency by striking out wasted time due to database upgrades and improving productivity by providing a large enough space for all your productivity needs, database servers, and internal updates without interruptions. Furthermore, while an onsite hardware program leaves little room for exploration or creativity, Cloud can provide a more adaptable, free space for your team to customize and maximize efforts of effectiveness. On the other hand, pursuing a server for your workspace is more clean-cut and firmer. It is not as available for as much customizing; however, you are able to choose when you want to run updates and other maintenance tasks.
Transitioning from flexibility, server provides the user with more control than SaaS models or Cloud do. As previously mentioned, the updates and maintenance for SaaS models are completed internally. Whereas, teams who use the server model can decide if and when they want to see those updates. Some teams prefer self-management, as they would rather have full control over their data and hosting infrastructure. Any scheduling and testing can be ran at the convenience of the user’s choice and time. Moreover, certain industries require specific data organization and security, such as organizations within the health or legal industries.
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