Monday, March 22, 2010

Cloud Apps vs. On-Premise Hosting

There are instances in history which reveal that often the times make the man. World War II arguably made Churchill, in the same way that the US Civil War arguably made Abraham Lincoln.

But while the verdict is still out on whether it's the times or the man that came first, we can more definitively proclaim that the times make the platform. And in this particular case, Cloud computing and Cloud application platforms.
Cloud applications have taken off over the last year - spurred by the tough recession and across the board cuts to IT budgets.
Gartner's top trends to watch.
Any organization looking to save on the costs of deploying a traditional enterprise application can now adopt a leaner, ready-to-consume application model through the Cloud.
That's all very good and well - but the reality is never that cut and dry. Cloud application hosting does have some drawbacks - exposure of data on the public cloud is a worry for many executives, as is the lack of customization to many developers and CIO's, and a big one for CFO's - the loss of short-term revenues that's an inevitable consequence of transitioning from license ownership sales to subscription sales.
In their rush to sell you their latest Cloud platforms, some mega-vendors would have you believe that the Cloud is a magical black box or mythical pixie horse that's going to wish away all of your problems.
And of course, most business people with any technology experience instinctively know better. That's why our big brains here at Magic Software have come up with a middle path - a 'hybrid' application platform that enables enterprises and software vendors to take the best from both worlds.
Essentially this means developers only have to build their application one time - but it's done in such a way so that it's business ready for multiple deployment channels i.e. on-premise and Cloud together..or Cloud for a while, then on-premise, or vice versa..the main point is that you choose. You're not locked into any one particular hosting model.
Who knows, maybe the expression 'hybrid' will finally deliver on its promise.. In the meantime, you can find out more by reading our latest white paper available here: