In present day world, where any business – big or small is not limited between premises, using On-Premise Solutions for Mobile device Management (MDM) is a traditional approach. The widely used alternative for companies to manage their mobile devices and mobile workers is to use Cloud based MDM. Cloud MDMs have been there for a while now. But only now, it is becoming a more practical approach when more and more applications are moving to the cloud and the level of security of data is high.
There are various factors to guide which solution to opt for, like the level of policies and configurations needed or the security concerns of the data being transferred. With the rapid evolution of cloud systems, these concerns are reducing and many big and small companies are opting for the latter solutions.
Here are some of the main advantages of using a cloud based MDM solutions instead of On-Premise solutions
Initial Set Up Time, Cost and Complexity
This is one of the biggest advantages of using cloud solutions. There is very minimal set up activities and time involved which is also mostly done by service providers. As with any cloud system, since the resources are given by the providers, initial hardware cost and other software, if needed to run the MDM suite is not your worry anymore. Server setups, firewall or networking configurations will be all done for you. Companies no more need technical skills and expertise to set up these systems which saves them a lot of money and time. Small businesses with limited investments find this particularly important advantage. Only deployment time would be time you take to configure your mobile security policies and enrolling your devices with your server.
Security and Availability
Cloud based MDMs provide enterprise grade security measures and auditing. It gives you various options for disaster recovery. High availability servers is another highlight of cloud MDMs.Proper backups will be taken and power requirements will always be monitored. These features definitely saves business from unfortunate ill experiences of data loss or business loss.
Admins need not log into some specific computers on some specific networks to manage their mobile devices. They can do it from anywhere they are, making it more easy and efficient for them. This ensures timely actions in case of high priority issues like lock or kill a lost device.
With cloud based systems, there would be no requirement to regularly upgrade servers or any other software solutions that are being used. That will be done automatically for you. No need to worry if the server is patched with the latest service packs or any other updates.
Payment and Extensibility
Since the payment is based on usage, you are always sure that you are not investing more than what you are using.Any time you can choose to increase or decrease the resources. While setting up local systems, one has to have a futuristic approach to predict the business for next few years. For example, you may be having only a hundred devices to manage now but after a year, you may be managing a thousand devices. While setting up On-Premise solution, you have to ensure that the hardware and resources that you are investing in can be used in long term. Whereas with cloud systems, if today you have a hundred devices and tomorrow you have five hundred devices, you have to only pay for how much you are using without having to worry about expanding the underlying systems and other resources.
Of course, there are many factors to look at while choosing a Cloud based MDM over an On Premise solution depending upon the nature of the enterprise and the IT requirements but cloud solutions are definitely optimizing systems by allowing businesses to focus on their core operations.