Deciding to take the VoIP route for your business’s communication needs is a step in the right direction; however, it’s only the first step; there’s a lot that you need to consider to be able to establish a successful communications networks.
One of these considerations is deciding between On-Premise and Cloud-Hosted VoIP networks. But is there a difference? Is one better than the other? Let’s find out!
On-Premise VoIP Networks
Simply put, On-Premise VoIP systems are hosted on the company’s premises and are run by the company’s IT department via a built-in server. On-Premise networks can be fully controlled and managed by the company, and therefore, they’re a lot more personalized than cloud-based networks—which we’ll talk about in a while. But first, let’s explore On-Premise VoIP benefits further:
Over-time Cost Saving
Setting up an on-premise VoIP network racks up a high initial cost because you have to build the network from scratch. But over time, you’ll realize that it’s actually a money-saver. Because it’s your own and not provided by a cloud-based network, you don’t have to pay perennial subscription fees.
Not Entirely Dependent on your Internet
Since the server is on-premise, your entire communication network doesn’t have to rely on an internet connection to function. So in the event of a power breakdown, you won’t lose your internal communications because you have the option of keeping your traditional phone lines active.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of employing an on-premise network for your communications is that it can be built to your needs and specifications. Other than being personalized to your tastes and needs, the system will be more secure and safe from intruders.
On the other hand, Cloud-based VoIP Networks have their own perks, such as:
Cloud-Hosted VoIP Networks
These are VoIP services that are offered through IP phones and devices by VoIP service providers that manage your communications networks. They have their own set of advantages:
Cheaper than Setting up On-Premise Networks
For starters, the initial installation cost is lower than on-premise networks, as the installation, equipment and set-up are usually provided by the provider.
Cheaper to Maintain
Another benefit is that the maintenance of these networks is also covered by the Cloud-hosted VoIP provider; the low costs save you the trouble and expense of employing a skilled IT team who can troubleshoot problems as they arise.
There’s no saying whether one network is better than the other; without taking into consideration what you require of a VoIP network. So if you can afford a heavy initial cost and comprehensive IT personnel, you can enjoy the benefits of on-premise networks. Otherwise, if you’re short on budget and would rather someone else get their hands dirty when something goes wrong, Cloud-hosted VoIP networks are ideal for you.