Feature Comparison of Cloud-Based PaaS Versus In-House Servers

Posted by Steve Harris on Apr 26, 2016 6:00:00 AM
Steve Harris

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The new platform as a service model (PaaS) is the next big change in the world of business applications. In the old days (like 2 years ago), businesses would have to hire an IT guy, buy a server, install software, support the server and the software, manage backups, manage crashes, install updates, and more. Not to mention, there a lots of costs associated with all of this hardware and support.  

Businesses needed a better way to store their data. so along came a new service called PaaS. The idea is that a big tech company like

 

Salesforce or Amazon provides the hardware, software, and support, and the business pays a simple license fee per user to use the app hosted on that platform. The sole job of Salesforce is to make sure the technology behind the app works all the time. The technology therefore becomes a non issue for the business. Developers can then focus solely on providing business solutions and users can focus on doing their core jobs. It’s a wonderful thing!     

Feature Comparison Chart

Although there are many benefits to a cloud based platform as opposed to an in-house server, it's still helpful to see a side by side comparison of the two depending on the features and needs of your company.

Read through our Feature Comparison Chart of a Cloud Based PaaS versus In-House Servers and decide what's best for you! 

Feature

In House Server

Cloud Based or PaaS

Server Hardware Cost

Yes

No

IT Personnel Cost to Support the Server

Yes

No

Server Operating Software Lic Fees

Yes

No

Web Server Software Lic Fees

Yes

No

Web App lic fees for users

Yes

Yes

Backup Software Lic Fees

Yes

No

Backup Hard drive costs

Yes

No

Installation of Updates

Yes

No

Verify Backup Integrity

Maybe

No

Third Party security evaluations like SOC

No

Yes

Disaster Recovery Plans

Maybe

Yes

System Up Time Guarantee

No

Yes

Real time server monitoring

No

Yes

 

As you can see, the benefits of a cloud based software far outweigh those of an in-house server, however, there are many things to consider when thinking about what server to use. If cost savings are your highest priority, cloud-based PaaS makes the most sense, but it's still always good to do your research. 

Ask Your Vendor

When selecting a software, it's important to ask these questions about the platform.

  1. Can you see the status of your hardware live?.
  2. Do you have written hardware/server control and physical access policies?
  3. Do you have written backup and disaster recovery plans?
  4. Do you have 3rd party security certifications?

Technology can be confusing for sure, but it’s important to know the difference between the PaaS and an in-house server in order to make sure your business operates the most efficient way possible.

JobSuite on Salesforce

JobSuite is hosted on the Salesforce Platform, which is one of the safest and most reliable cloud platforms out there today. Read more about their security regulations here and be sure to visit the JobSuite App on the Salesforce App Exchange.

Looking for other ways to save? Project management software itself can save you bunches. Download our Cost Benefit Analysis of JobSuite to see just how much time and money you could be saving!

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