IF ON-PREMISE ECOMMERCE PLATFORMS ARE SO GOOD, WHY DO CLOUDS EXIST?
Issues Associated with On-Premise eCommerce Platforms
Cost:This does not require much elaboration, since a company is responsible to build the platform rather than buy a pre-made option and it is responsible to cover maintenance and updates costs, plus cover the salary of a dedicated team, the total cost is expected to be much higher. However, the total cost-effectiveness might depend on the balance of one-off cost for server, need for an IT team, cost associated to maintenance etc, compared to recurring cost from a cloud-based platform overtime.
Scalability:The option of having an on-premise platform, where everything is built and hosted on a server, indicated the possibility of storage being inadequate for increased traffic needs or expansion of the company. It is much easier to scale up when the platform is based on a cloud and data storage is not an issue, but in the case of in-house platforms scalability can be a nightmare.
Access flexibility:For cloud-based options, the platform can be accessed remotely, 24/7, from anyone (authorized) with an internet connection. However, for in-house platforms accessibility is trickier, especially if the option of having support from a third party company to facilitate accessibility is not preferred due to security reasons.