Many customers who see potential in using document management solutions often find themselves puzzled while making the choice between cloud-based or in-premises installation. While making this crucial choice, you need to familiarize yourself with the differences between the two, along with their pros and cons. Once you acquaint yourself with your options for installation, you can make a choice that suits your organization best. Here are 7 important factors for consideration that will help you decide between cloud-based or in-premise document management solution.
1. Type Of Organization
You might want to review your organization’s structure and its needs in your decision-making process. If your organization needs its documents available outside its main facility, the cloud model is what you’re looking for. Think: field work, remote access, work from home, and out-stationed employees. On the other hand, if you need your documents centralized and docked at a specific location only, that being your workplace or organization, you should opt for an in-premise installation.
2. Volume of Documents
A key point to remember while picking between Cloud and In-Premise solutions is that Cloud-based DMS is quite preferable for organizations that have:
a) a large number of files to be uploaded and indexed and
b) have estimated a future increase in documentation.
In-Premises model is not suitable for organizations that foresee an accelerated or unexpected growth in terms of document volume and storage.
When choosing between Cloud and In-Premise options, one should keep in mind that in-premise DMS requires significant expenses in the form of one-time hardware and licensing, and routine upkeep. If you expect your DMS to be used by hundreds of users, this might be your ideal choice. On the other hand, Cloud-based solutions require a much lighter monthly fee for information backup and storage, with optional expenses for better functionality, additional features and extra storage.
If your organization currently holds the potential infrastructure to host an in-premise document management system, it is highly advised to set up the ‘In-Premise’ model, while regularly upgrading and checking up systems as needed. If your organization is rather niche, it is suggested to go for a Cloud-based model as it does not require any major infrastructural changes.
5. Network Bandwidth
The data migration process requires good bandwidth. The potential of Cloud-based systems can range from satisfactory to excellent, based on the plan you choose, as processing takes place remotely. In-Premise models use your organization’s current network, making the most of what is available in terms of power consumption and processing speed (even if its bandwidth is less than the cloud model). It is advised to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of using Cloud services in comparison to In-Premise solutions, taking into consideration your company’s technological services.
As mentioned before, In-Premise and Cloud-based solutions are largely dependent on the organization’s document access needs. In-Premise DMS can only render files at their source, the workplace. It provides centralization of all your firm’s documents. Although, you can make the local IP live, the risk of untoward access still remains. However, Cloud-based solutions allow an organization’s files to be available globally, through internet access, for any employee to obtain with a proper secure login. Cloud solutions offer remote access to all stored files.
7. Security Standards
Put simply, opting for an In-Premise solution will definitely require the company to set up infrastructure according to their IT security standards. However, choosing a Cloud-based option does not compromise security grade in any way. Cloud systems stick to high standard security protocols that aim for high level protection of uploaded data. While choosing a Cloud-based DMS, make sure to research on the security policies and filters that the provider offers, for the safety of your firm’s DMS.
ShareDocs Enterpriser offers both In-Premise and Cloud-based model for its document management. The following minimum system requirements need to be met, however, for an in-premise installation:
1. A dedicated server
2. A modern Intel Quad Core Xeon (multiple processors are always welcome)
3. A server memory of at least 8 GB RAM
4. A minimum of 500GB HDD (hard drive) space
In terms of network requirements, a Gigabit LAN port with a connection to organisation’s internal network is required. A static IP should be assigned to the system for remote access.
With regard to software, following are the requirements:
1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition (64 bit) or higher
2. MySQL (for database management)
3. An updated web browser like the latest versions Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
Remember to make a wise choice when choosing between a Cloud-based and an In-Premises DMS. Along with careful consideration, proper introspection, and technical advice, you can find a suitable, pertinent solution. Knowing the difference between the two can prove to be your firm’s true, defining moment and take you closer to finalizing on the perfect document management solution.