What is an on-premise solution?

Posted by Mike Hathaway on Dec 19, 2023 9:15:00 AM

While many companies have chosen to move to cloud-based solutions over the last decade, it’s clear that it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for every business. Differing requirements have on-premise solutions making a significant comeback.

From rising cybersecurity threats to concerns over data governance and sovereignty, organisations must work to protect their data from evolving technological threats. On-premise solutions are one way to tackle these challenges.

This may lead you to ask what exactly an on-premise solution is. We can help with that.


What is the meaning of on-premise?

An on-premise solution is a system or software used on-site by organisations. Unlike cloud solutions, which rely on third-party servers, on-premise solutions operate within a company’s own network infrastructure.

According to Microsoft’s Paul Diamond, an on-premise solution is where:

“The server is controlled, administered, maintained, procured, etc. by your company and its in-house IT team, or an IT partner. Data and other information are shared between computers through your local network.”

Organisations utilise on-premise solutions to take full control of their security, data privacy and customisation. Paired with strong internal protocols, these solutions provide better defence against cyber-attacks.

On-premise vs. cloud solutions

There are frequent debates about which security solution is best. There’s no denying that cloud-based infrastructures have changed the way we do business, providing cost savings, flexibility and simple scalability for users.

That said, the digital world is hard to keep up with – especially with frequently changing regulations. This presents obstacles for businesses to overcome, and smart organisations will re-evaluate their current systems when these moments surface.

Security and digital sovereignty are often features of these regulatory changes – and this is where cloud solutions can miss the mark. Centralised data and a reliance on external infrastructure are risky by nature.

Some of the biggest online companies in the world have suffered data breaches, illustrating the need for secure systems – no matter the size and perceived strength of your operation. The likes of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Alibaba have all seen their data fall into the wrong hands.

A 2023 study by Thales revealed that 39% of businesses experienced a data breach in their cloud investment in the year prior, up 4% from the previous year’s figure. Three-in-four businesses stated that more than 40% of their cloud-stored data was sensitive, yet only 45% of that sensitive data is encrypted.

Reliable security solutions tailored to your business are vital. Cloud may work for some, whereas on-premise is the ideal solution for others.

On-premise solutions with Ascertia

Ascertia specialises in tailored digital signature and public key infrastructure (PKI) solutions, with on-premise products that help trust service providers, governments and enterprises.

By using the right on-premise solutions, you can confidently:

  • Adapt to evolving requirements
  • Ensure the privacy of confidential data
  • Control digital transactions
  • Comply with relevant global regulations

If you want to ensure your business’ digital operations can be trusted, we can help. Our on-premise solutions include:

Read our blog for more information on the rise of on-premise digital trust solutions.